Blackpool Victoria Hospital worker was charged with nine counts of sexual assault against patients and staff.
Hernando Puno, 51, of Layton, Blackpool, is accused of carrying out the attacks over nearly a decade from November 2012 and March 2021.
The charge comes after police began investigating allegations of mistreatment and neglect on the hospital’s stroke unit.
The investigation led to other suspect offences being identified, such as the death suspiciously caused by Valerie Kneale (75-year-old Blackpool woman).
According to a spokesperson for Lancashire Police, Hernando Pouno (51), of Layton in Blackpool was charged today with nine counts each of sexual assault against seven women.
“The allegations are that the incident occurred between November 2012 and February 2021 at the hospital.”
Puno has been bailed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on January 4, 2022
Valerie Kneale (75) a Stroke Patient, was killed by an intra-intense hemorhage.
Hernando Puo (51), of Layton Blackpool was charged with nine infractions
The police say that the allegations are unrelated to ongoing investigations into mistreatment or neglect.
Police officers added that the investigation into Valerie Kneale’s murder continues.
An inquest into Mrs Kneale’s death earlier this year heard she had been admitted to the hospital following a stroke and had later broken her leg when falling from a chair.
This worker was accused of sexual assaults on patients and staff.
According to Lancashire Police, the worker has been also removed by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Blackpool Victoria Hospital
According to the autopsy, Mrs Kneale suffered from a severe stroke. However, it wasn’t the cause of her death.
While police are continuing investigations, Mr Wilson has rescheduled the hearing to be held for five more months.
Ms Kneales’ family was not able to attend has been informed.
Wilson stated that it was necessary that the court further suspend the investigation into the death of Mrs Kneales in order for the police to proceed with their investigations.
“We should not hold an inquest when the police are actively pursuing their investigation.”