Former nurse’s aide pleads guilty to patient sex assaults

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BRIDGEPORT — A former nurse’s aide has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting five male patients at a Bridgeport hospital.

The Connecticut Post reports that 54-year-old Gonzalo Flores entered the pleas Thursday in Bridgeport Superior Court. He faces 12 to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 4.

Flores was fired from St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport after the allegations surfaced. He was originally accused of sexually assaulting seven patients since late 2011, but the statute of limitations ran out for two of the cases.

A hospital spokeswoman said after Flores’ court appearance that St. Vincent’s officials remain saddened and disappointed with Flores’ actions, and patient safety is their highest priority.

The hospital is facing $100 million in lawsuits by people who said they were sexually assaulted by Flores.