TAMPA Fla. (WFLA) – A Hillsborough County judge imposed a hefty bond for a physical therapist accused of sexually assaulting a 75-year-old woman in a room at St. Joseph’s Hospital-South in Riverview.
On Monday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was called to the hospital to investigate the alleged assault.
A nurse told deputies an alarm sounded in the room of the patient. When that nurse checked a live feed from inside of the room, the nurse witnessed Regginald J. Jackson, 30, sexually battering the victim.
He allegedly refused to speak to deputies about the incident and was subsequently arrested on charges of sexual battery. He was booked at Orient Jail Tuesday morning.
“These facts lead me to be concerned for the general public,” Judge Catherine M. Catlin said before she raised the bond to $250,000 on Wednesday.
If Jackson is able to post bond, he cannot work in the healthcare industry, and cannot be around anyone who is disabled, the judge said.
“The state’s position would be the state has strong concerns about the activity in question,” said Assistant State Attorney Anthony Falcone.
On Tuesday, 8 On Your Side stopped by the suspect’s home and spoke to his girlfriend. “He’s always been a very logical thinker, so that’s why I don’t get why he would ever do that. There’s no way he would do that,” said Jacquelyn Ward.
Ward said Jackson has worked at the hospital for roughly two years and has a squeaky clean record.
“He’s not like another man, okay? He’s a special guy. He makes everyone, he’s such a good friend. He’s so caring,” Ward said.
She said she realized something was wrong when Jackson stopped texting Monday. She did some digging and learned about his arrest.
Ward said she hopes the nurse’s characterization of the events is a misunderstanding.
8 On Your Side talked to Ward again Wednesday, but she said she did not want to go on camera.
“We have no indication that anything like this happened previously, and sincerely hope that is the case,” BayCare spokeswoman Lisa Razler said in a statement to 8 On Your Side. “We are continuing to work closely with law enforcement and support their request for any other potential victims to contact the sheriff’s office directly.”
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