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February 16, 2020
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Nursing assistant charged with sexual assault

SANTA CRUZ — A 46-year-old Certified Nursing Assistant was arrested Friday on charges of sexually assaulting a female patient. 

Peter Francis Dunne of Santa Cruz was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on felony charges of assault with intent to rape, sexual assault with force, and oral copulation, Sgt. Dee Baldwin of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said.

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The assault took place in late March 2019 and was reported to law enforcement the following day. The investigation revealed that Dunne was working in the emergency department when the assault took place.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Dunne on Aug. 30. He was arrested at his home and booked into the jail where his bail is set at $100,000, Baldwin said. Sheriff’s investigators are searching for additional victims, witnesses, or any other information relating to crimes involving Dunne.

Detectives believe Dunne had access to additional patients outside of the hospital facility. Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Chris Shearer at 454-7645.