Murietta Police Department officers said they have arrested a local nurse who is believed to have sexually assaulted at least one patient during his tenure at the Rancho Springs Medical Center.
Defendant Robert Simon was taken into custody at his residence earlier this week and was transported to the Southwest Detention Center to be booked. Officers said he did not resist arrest. Jail records show that Simon is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail and is being charged with numerous felony counts. He is facing two counts of lewd acts by a caretaker and three counts of sexual battery. Records further indicate that Simon remains in custody, meaning he has not hired a Murietta bondsman to post a bond. If he wishes to be released from custody pending his trial he would need to pay the bondsman a fee of $20,000 or 10%. That sum is non-refundable regardless as to whether he makes all of his necessary court appearances. Collateral may or may not be required and a payment plan could be offered if the defendant is able to produce a cosigner who has good credit.
The District Attorney’s office has reportedly said that Simon could face up to six years in prison if he is convicted on all counts.
The defendant initially appeared on law enforcement radar after he was terminated from his job for alleged sexual misconduct. Disciplinary action has not yet been taken against Simon by the state Board of Registered Nurses although they do point out his license is due to expire later this year.
The victims’ families have not released comment.