A Chicago man was indicted this Monday after being charged with sexually assaulting a patient at Weiss Memorial Hospital on Chicago’s north side. James Whittington, a 48 year-old resident of the 5900 block of North Kostner Ave., was charged with two counts of criminal sexual abuse and one count of unlawful restraint according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. Bond was set at $200,000.00. Whittington was employed as a nurse with the Chicago hospital. His arraignment is set for November 16th.
The alleged abuse occurred on February 12th around 6:45 p.m. at the Weiss emergency room. Whittington is accused of drugging the victim with morphine and then performing sexual acts upon her while she was sedated. The victim allegedly awoke while she was being fondled. Weiss Memorial Hospital has reportedly suspended the employee pending the outcome of the sexual abuse charges. Police are still investigating the incident.
Depending on the circumstances of the sexual abuse, the Hospital may be liable for the injuries suffered by the victim. If you have been the victim sexual abuse or assault, you should retain a lawyer experienced in handling these sensitive and difficult matters. For more information on obtaining an attorney, click here.