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A nurse at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview was arrested Wednesday afternoon after two of the hospital’s patients accused him of sexual assault, according to Glenview police.
David Giurgiu, 26, of Glencoe, was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Glenview Police Department and subsequently charged with the assault of two female patients whom he was treating, according to a press release from the department.
As reported by The Glenview Lantern, The Tower's sister publication, Giurgiu was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault in connection with an alleged assault on Nov. 23, 2018, at the hospital located at 2100 Pfingsten Road. Giurgiu also faces a criminal sexual abuse charge after authorities investigated an incident at the hospital that was reported on Aug. 11.
It is not immediately clear when hospital officials were made aware of the alleged 2018 assault.
Giurgiu was arraigned on the charges at a hearing Friday, Sept. 6, when Cook County Judge Anjana Hansen ordered him to remain in custody without bail.
Prosecutors allege Giurgiu forced himself onto two patients while he administered treatment to them at Glenbrook Hospital.
A 75-year-old woman sought treatment at the hospital in November 2018 for a broken leg. The woman reportedly asked Giurgiu for pain medication when Giurgiu told the woman to hold out her hand before placing his penis in her hand, court documents state.
He then raped the women orally and ejaculated, prosecutors said.
After the woman was transferred to another hospital for surgery, she reported the assault to medical personnel and a relative, court documents state.
The documents do not say if any measures were taken to contact authorities or Glenbrook Hospital, which is operated by NorthShore University HealthSystem.
Medical records confirm Giurgiu administered care to the woman on the night of the alleged assault, prosecutors said.
NorthShore University HealthSystem officials fired Giurgiu from his position in August of this year after police investigated a second assault at the hospital, documents state.
The second alleged victim reported Giurgiu to Glenview police in August, documents state.
The woman reportedly went to Glenbrook Hospital for a pre-existing condition just before 11 p.m. Aug. 10, when she was initially treated by a female nurse with whom she was familiar. Giurgiu reportedly took over her care at the start of a new shift.
According to court documents, Giurgiu forced the woman to rub his genitals through his pants while he administered pain medication to her. He allegedly then removed his pants and put his penis in her hand.
When the woman tried to turn away, Giurgiu began to fondle himself and told her to open her mouth, which she refused to do, according to prosecutors. Giurgiu then ejaculated onto the victim’s face and chest, documents state.
The woman returned the next day for additional treatment and reported the alleged assault to hospital officials, who conducted an internal investigation, fired Giurgiu and notified Glenview police, prosecutors said.
Giurgiu is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie.
NorthShore University HealthSystem officials are cooperating with investigating authorities, said Jim Anthony, senior director of public relation, in a statement.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, with information from Giurgiu's arraignment hearing.