A X-ray technician at Kings County Hospital is under arrest after two patients — one of them 83 years old — told police he sexually assaulted them before their procedures.
Larry Jones, 65, of Lower Manhattan was arrested Saturday for allegedly digitally penetrating the vaginas of victims in the X-ray room, theNew York Daily News reported.
The 83-year-old woman reportedly told police that Jones groped her for about two minutes during a 12:30 p.m. examination. He later brought her back to the hospital’s emergency room.
Another woman, 57, told police that she was being photographed by the X-ray machine when Jones told her that her underwear was interfering with the procedure, according to the Daily News report.
He then removed her underwear, groped her and placed her mouth on her genitals, prompting the woman to scream. The woman later pointed out Jones to hospital police, who detained him until NYPD officers arrived.
Jones, whose address is listed at a homeless shelter, has been arrested eight previous times for petty offenses. Three of his previous arrests are sealed, but none of them included sex crimes, according to the Daily News.
“We are committed to the safety of our patients, have zero tolerance for such behavior and consider this a very serious allegation,” NYC Health and Hospitals/Kings County said in a joint statement provided to ABC 7 . “Our hospital police acted swiftly in response to the patient’s complaint and we immediately terminated the individual.”
Jones was arraigned Sunday on sex abuse charges, with bail set at $7,500, according to PIX 11.