Brevard County nurse accused of inappropriately touching patient

Jose Juan Cruz faces charge of sexual battery

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – A nurse is accused of inappropriately touching a patient while pretending to do a skin assessment exam, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

The victim told police she was transferred from a mental health facility to Holmes Regional Medical Center on Thursday and when she arrived, Jose Juan Cruz, 37, and a certified nurse assistant got set up in a room, the report said.

When the female CNA left, Cruz told the victim that he would need to conduct a skin assessment to make sure she didn't have any injuries but instead of examining her whole body, as is standard procedure, he only touched her inappropriately, according to authorities.

Cruz told the victim to "calm down" and made jokes when she asked him, "What the hell," police said.

During an interview with investigators on Friday, Cruz first said that a CNA was present but later changed his story, claiming that no one else was in the room because the hospital was too busy, according to the report. Another person is required to be in the room when a skin assessment is taking place.

Police said Cruz eventually admitted to touching the victim inappropriately.

Health First released a statement after Cruz's arrest.

“The safety of our customers and associates is a top priority. We are fully cooperating with authorities to assist in the investigation. The associate has been suspended pending the investigation," said Pat Guerry, system vice president of marketing and communications.

Cruz faces a charge of sexual battery and was taken to jail. He was released on bond Wednesday night, but a judge ordered that Cruz cannot continue to be a nurse or hold any medical position. Cruz is also not allowed to contact the victim.

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