News

Former anesthesia tech at Stanford Hospital pleads no contest to sexual battery

 

A former anesthesia technician at Stanford Hospital accused of groping surgery patients pleaded no contest on Monday to two counts of sexual battery, prosecutors said.

Robert Lastinger, 56, of Fremont, was fired from Stanford last year when several nurses reported he had touched the genitals of male patients post-surgery while they were still under anesthesia. The patients were 16, 22, 25 and 52 years old.

The hospital fired him on April 2, 2015, and notified Redwood City police. He had worked there since 2009.

Lastinger was charged with four counts of sexual battery but reached a plea deal with prosecutors on Monday to plead no contest to two counts in exchange for a sentence of no more than a year in jail, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

He is scheduled to return to court on June 29 for sentencing and remains free on $100,000 bail, prosecutors said.

— Bay City News Service

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

2 people like this
Posted by Nail Him
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 18, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Shouldn't he have to register as a sex offender too?


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

After experiencing harassment, owner of Zareen's restaurants speaks out about Islamophobia, racism
By Elena Kadvany | 28 comments | 6,202 views

Don't Miss Your Exit (and other lessons from an EV drive)
By Sherry Listgarten | 12 comments | 2,099 views

Goodbye Food Waste!
By Laura Stec | 5 comments | 1,960 views

"Better" Dads and "Re-invigorated" Moms: Happier Couples
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,439 views

The kindness of strangers
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 616 views

 

Register today!

‚ÄčOn Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

Learn More