A Missouri X-ray technician is accused of using a fake cancer scare to lure a patient back to the hospital and fondle her during the exam, authorities said.
Wentzville man Ryan E. Williams, 39, was charged Tuesday with sexual abuse and invasion of privacy in connection to the incident at Mercy Hospital Lincoln in Troy, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The woman had gone to the hospital’s urgent care facility last week for a chest X-ray then returned later the same day when Williams asked her to “due to something of concern,” the Kansas City Star reported.
When she returned, Williams provided her with a gown and asked her to undress for a CT scan, police said.
During the exam, Williams allegedly lifted her gown then touched and placed stickers on her exposed breasts, authorities said.
He then showed her a CT scan and claimed that her doctor was concerned that she might have lymphoma, cops said.
The woman reached out to her doctor’s office a few days later about the results, but they told her they had no record of the exam and no physician had requested one, the outlets reported.
Mercy Hospital Lincoln said in a statement Tuesday that Williams is no longer employed there.
“Patient safety and privacy is always of utmost concern,” the statement said. “Immediately upon learning of the situation, we began conducting an internal investigation and took swift action.”
Williams’ attorney, David James, said his client plans to plead not guilty and denies all the accusations against him, the Post-Dispatch reported.