Hiram Bonilla

Hiram Bonilla

A Tampa man and Citrus Memorial Hospital nurse was arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a patient at the local hospital, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies apprehended 57-year-old Hiram Bonilla on Tuesday, Jan. 12, after the State Attorney’s Office issued a warrant Monday for his arrest on two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and one count of lewd and lascivious molestation.

Bonilla, who was jailed under a $35,000 bond, was in custody Wednesday and waiting to be transferred to the Citrus County Detention Facility in Lecanto, according to Hillsborough County jail logs.

CMH administration has been working with authorities throughout their investigation and Bonilla has been terminated, said Katie Myers, spokeswoman for CMH.

"We extend our sympathies to the patient and the patient’s family," Myers said. 

According to the CCSO, the agency was contacted in reference to the alleged sexual assault of a patient by a staff member at a local hospital. The victim told the responding deputy, Jan. 5 and 6, a registered nurse entered her hospital room on several separate occasions and engaged in sexual activity with her.

Detectives Thomas Dowling and Ryan Brown with the CCSO Special Victims Unit (SVU) responded to the hospital where they located evidence to support the victim's claims, the release stated. The detectives then made contact with Bonilla at his residence in Tampa. During an interview Bonilla confirmed that he had engaged in sexual acts with the victim.

After further interviews with the victim and witnesses, as well as consultation with the State Attorney's Office, a warrant was issued Monday, Jan. 11, for the arrest of Bonilla.

"It is always our goal to find justice for victims, and the detectives of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit work with unflagging devotion to duty to bring closure to these victims," Sheriff Mike Prendergast said. "The victim in this case placed her trust in the health care system. Bonilla not only violated that trust, but he took advantage of her in a time of need when he should have been providing care.”

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