Former Harborview respiratory therapist charged with sexually molesting patient cerebral palsy patient

Richard Mark Garcia, age 51, has been charged with “one count of indecent liberties” after allegedly sexually molesting a patient who has cerebral palsy and was on a ventilator writes Levii Pulkkinen on SeattlePI.com.

According to Pulkkinen’s report, the woman was on a ventilator at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle when she was placed on a ventilator because she had pneumonia. She was unable to speak because she had a tracheotomy. The woman communicated to her caregiver that Garcia, who has worked for Harborview for 19 years, forced her to touch him sexually on one occasion and on the following day, he touched the woman.

Garcia’s semen was found on the woman’s sheets.

It seems that Garcia targeted this patient because he thought she was mentally incompetent. Harborview may find that there was a pattern of patient abuse by this employee though he has only been charged with one count. It is abhorrent to think of someone repeatedly abusing such a vulnerable patient.

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