Danbury police have arrested a patient care technician at Danbury Hospital accused of sexually assaulting a patient in his care.
Police said the assault happened on June 12 and they arrested Michael Wilmot, 47, of Waterbury, after a lengthy investigation.
Wilmot has been suspended, according to hospital officials.
Hospital spokesperson Anrewa Rynn said, in a statement:
"Since this involves an active legal matter, we cannot comment in detail. We can say that the involved employee has been suspended. We want to reassure the public that the well-being and security of our patients is our top priority, and that we are fully committed to providing a safe environment for their care."
Police said the victim, a married woman, had gone to to the emergency room that night and was feeling weird after receiving Dilaudid for her pain.
She told police that Wilmot, a married father of five, started flirting with her.
He said he wanted to kiss her, but she told him that would be taking advantage of her because of the drugs.
Over the time she was admitted, Wilmot went in and out of her room several times and performed sex acts on her, including oral sex, she said.
Despite her asking him to stop, he continued, according to the warrant application.
On June 13, Wilmot agreed to a voluntary interview, police said, and first denied any sort of sexual contact with any patients on the night in question.
Later, he said the woman kissed him when he was taking her vital signs and he kissed her back.
He also admitted to touching her breast and performing a sex act, but denied performing oral sex, according to the police documents.
Attorney Ray Lubus is representing Wilmot and said his client is the father of five young children and has never had any run-ins with the law.
“I have read the same reports the allegations are troubling but my client does have an opportunity to defend himself,” Lubus said.
He said his client has worked for the hospital for 11 to 12 years, is a volunteer for EMS and other agencies and seems to have a "very reputable history."
"Anyone who is on any drug that may impair their judgment or ability to have cognitive reasoning, I think, is a factor," Lubus said.
Other people working in the hospital the night of the alleged sex assault did not notice anything suspicious, but a nurse told police he recalled the woman saying that Wilmot had been bothering her, so he said he’d turn off the lights and draw the curtain to discourage Wilmot from going into the room.
The victim told police Wilmot also told her he knew a lot about her and she thought he was referring to her mental health records at the hospital.
She suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder, which she compared to multiple personality disorder, and had been treated at the hospital before for cutting after being sexually abused by her therapist, she told police.
However, police learned from hospital officials that Wilmot would not have access to the woman’s full patient record.
Wilmot is next scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 22.