Patient alleges assault by hospital employee after surgery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A hospital employee is facing charges in what a patient alleges was a sexual assault in two different hospital rooms after her surgery earlier this year.

WPVI--TV reports that 28-year-old Rose Tummarello alleges that a Jefferson University Hospital employee sexually assaulted her Jan. 29 following her nine-hour surgery. She said the employee's job was to transport her from surgery room to recovery room, but she alleges that he assaulted her in both locations.

Forty-one-year-old Rafael Alicea is facing charges including institutional sex assault and indecent assault. Defense attorney David Mischak said his client has never been accused of misconduct during a decade of employment and "adamantly asserts his innocence and looks forward to his day in court."

Jefferson Hospital said sexual misconduct reports are investigated and quick action is taken.


Information from: WPVI-TV,