The public's help is being sought in the search for potential victims of a certified nursing assistant charged with sexually touching three of his teenage female Regional Occupational Program (ROP) students in Santa Ana.
Alfredo Fernandez Gonzalez, 45, of Orange, was scheduled to be arraigned this morning on three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. He faces a sentence ranging from probation to up to three years behind bars if convicted.
Gonzalez trained studentz in an ROP nursing course at Park West Care and Rehabilitation Center at 2210 E. 1st St., Santa Ana. Between March and May of this year, he is accused of inappropriately touching three female students, ages 17 and 18.
He is accused of "grooming" them by hugging them, kissing them on the neck, making comments about dating them and telling them they have attractive bodies. Gonzalez is said to have later moved on to grabbing and patting the victims' buttocks, putting his hands around their hips, pulling his hips to theirs, and pulling his body against theirs. At times he touched the victims' butts under the guise of demonstrating nursing procedures, even though he had previously explained the produce required no touching by the nurse in any way, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
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Mothers of the victims reported the touching to Santa Ana Police in May. Now investigators wonder if there were other victims as Gonzalez also worked at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange. Anyone with information is asked to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Carl Waddell at 714.834.7538 or Santa Ana Police Detective Mike Judson at 714.245.8378.