Former nursing aid charged with third sexual assault

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A former nursing assistant at St. Vincent’s Medical Center that is awaiting trial for allegedly sexually assaulting two male patients was arrested again Monday, and charged with attacking a third patient.

In addition to the two previous assaults of male patients in March 2013 and June 2014,  police say 53-year-old Gonzalo Flores now faces a third charge of assaulting patient Martin Chalecki. According to police, Flores admitted to being in Chalecki’s room up to three times per day.

The affidavit says Joseph Laveneziano, the hospital’s director of safety and security, told police he knew about the earlier alleged assault in March, but could not substantiate it. Until now, hospital officials maintained that they had also found Chalecki’s complaint to be “unsubstantiated”.

Officials at the hospital said they are cooperating fully with the police investigation.

The arrest affidavit states that Chalecki picked out a photo of Flores as the man who had assaulted him from eight photographs of men that detectives showed him.

Flores, who was fired in July, was charged Monday with fourth degree sexual assault in the Chalecki case. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. He is due back in court on January 13th.

Flores is already being held in lieu of $300,000 bond while he awaits trial for the previous assaults.

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