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Hospital Sex Case Charges to Be Filed

September 14, 2004|David Haldane | Times Staff Writer

A Santa Ana man is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges that he sexually battered at least seven female patients while working as a lab technician at Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center.

Dante Arnaud, 37, was arrested last week after a patient in the hospital's maternity ward became suspicious and notified hospital staff, who contacted Garden Grove police.

The investigation, a Police Department spokesman said, revealed that Arnaud had entered several patients' rooms under the guise of drawing blood. Instead, according to police, he engaged the women in conversations about how they were feeling, which eventually led to breast and, in some cases, vaginal examinations.

Arnaud was arrested at his home without incident and booked into Orange County Jail with bail set at $1 million.

The investigation is continuing, the spokesman said.

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