Police were investigating a former nursing assistant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accused of sexually assaulting patients, the hospital confirmed on Tuesday.
Guillermo Diaz, 56, was suspected in the sexual assaults of several patients who claimed they were attacked while they were heavily medicated, according to the Los Angeles Times.
One of the alleged victims, who did not want to be identified, told KTLA she had just come out of surgery when the attack occurred.
“[He] keep opening up the compression stocking and keep touching me, inappropriately and go back to other stocking… and touch me,” the woman said.
She said Diaz finally stopped when she started screaming for her husband.
The woman told KTLA that she reported the 2010 incident, but that there was not enough evidence for police to arrest Diaz.
However last year, the Times reported that two more female patients came forward with similar stories about Diaz.
And when investigators began looking into those sexual assault claims they discovered that another patient had complained about Diaz 14 years earlier, the newspaper reported.
Diaz was eventually fired and had his nursing assistant certification revoked by the Department of Public Health, according to the hospital.
“As a result of our internal investigations, the employee was fired for violation of several Cedars-Sinai policies, as well as violations of known standards of patient care,” a hospital statement read.
But the woman who talked to KTLA said she was angry it took so long for something to be done.
“If they would have done something about it 10 years ago, it would have not happened to me and all these other people,” she said.
The Los Angeles County District attorney’s office was considering whether to file criminal charges against Diaz.
KTLA’s Mary Beth McDade contributed to this story.