A Virginia man has been arrested and charged with rape after he sexually assaulted a patient in the emergency room.
Roy Anthony Jones, 30, was reported to the police in January by a 37-year-old woman who says he raped her in the middle of the night while she was receiving treatment at the Virginia Hospital Center.
The woman says she was alone in the hospital imaging center when Jones, a CT scan technician, came in to take some scans and forced himself on her and assaulted her. The woman alerted emergency room staffers who then called the police.
The hospital has released a statement, saying “All hospital employees go through an extensive background check prior to employment. As soon as the incident was reported, the individual was immediately place on administrative leave and has been terminated.”
Jones does have a criminal history however, although it’s for misdemeanor charges like marijuana possession and missing a court date.
Deputy Police Chief Daniel Murray says “The problem is something could happen to anybody almost anywhere, so one always has to exude caution. But I’m extremely sympathetic to a patient trying to be in a place where they’re seeking treatment, where they’re seeking care, and then to have something tragically like this happen to them.”
One hospital patient, Scarlet Tamashiro, was shocked that something like this could occur. “I can’t imagine,” she said. “The hospital is the last place I think something like that can happen.”
Police say DNA samples were matched to Jones and he was officially arrested and charged with rape on Monday morning, more than three months after the incident occurred. He is now being held at Arlington County Detention Facility and has been denied bail.