Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
February 10, 2012
Susan Kang Schroeder
PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ASSAULTING ONE WOMAN AND BATTERING A SECOND WHILE THEY WERE RECOVERING IN THE HOSPITAL
SANTA ANA – A patient care assistant has been charged with sexually assaulting one woman and battering another while they were in-patients at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. Narcisco Romanes Blando, 47, Orange, is charged with one felony count of sexual battery on an institutionalized person and two misdemeanor counts of battery. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison. Blando is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana. The time is to be determined.
At the time of the crimes, Blando worked as a patient care assistant at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.
On Aug. 11, 2011, 60-year-old Jane Doe #2 was an in-patient at the hospital. While the victim was recovering from surgery, Blando is accused of stroking Jane Doe #2’s hair and kissing her lips and cheek against the victim’s will. Blando is accused of having no medical reason or necessity for touching Jane Doe #2.
On Feb. 6, 2012, 54-year-old Jane Doe #1 was an in-patient at the hospital. Blando is accused of sexually assaulting Jane Doe #1 while she was in her hospital bed by rubbing her vagina under her hospital gown under the pretense of applying lotion after the victim complained of pain in her ankle. There was no medical reason or necessity for the defendant to touch the victim’s vagina. Blando is accused of stopping when Jane Doe #1 began to cry.
Jane Doe #1 cried herself to sleep. When the victim awoke, she found Blando again in her room stroking her hair. Blando is accused of stroking Jane Doe #1’s hair while she was sleeping and after she woke up, kissing her forehead, and asking her for a kiss. He is accused of having no medical reason or necessity for touching Jane Doe #1 or being in her room.
The victims in this case do not know each other. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigated this case.
Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.
Deputy District Attorney Nicole Nicholson of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.