BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A state judge awarded $255,000 to a woman who testified she no longer trusts anyone after a male nurse fondled her in the intensive care unit at Ochsner Medical Center-Baton Rouge in 2009.
The Advocate reports Sharon Hewitt was a patient at the hospital when Bruce Raymond Greene, who no longer has a nursing license, also performed inappropriate sexual acts in her presence.
"Horrified. Violated. There was even embarrassment. Shame," said Hewitt, 50, who lives in Wisconsin, in describing in court how Greene's actions made her feel.
"My life was in this man's hands. I went from fighting for my life to fearing for my life," she added.
Greene, 42, who was living in Mandeville in 2010 when Hewitt sued him and Ochsner, also testified Thursday and acknowledged he did not tell Ochsner he once worked at a Mandeville hospital but was fired for inappropriate contact with a patient.
Ochsner suspended Greene on April 10, 2009 -- the same day Hewitt complained to the hospital about him -- and fired him three days later.
Ochsner immediately reported Greene to the police.
Greene was booked on charges of sexual battery of the infirm and later pleaded guilty to two felony counts of cruelty to the infirm.
He remains on court-ordered probation and agreed as part of his guilty plea to never seek to return to nursing.