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Former CA nurse charged with patient sex assault

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) -- Riverside County prosecutors say they've charged a former male nurse with the sexual battery of two female patients at a Murrieta hospital.

Spokesman John Hall says 53-year-old Paul Robert Simon was arrested Tuesday morning at his apartment and faces five felony charges, including three counts of sexual battery on a medically incapacitated person.

An investigation into Simon was started in late 2010 after a report of possible criminal activity.

Investigators say in April 2009 a 58-year-old woman awoke after being on life-support to find she had difficulty moving her body but was mentally alert. Simon allegedly used her hand to masturbate himself.

In August 2010, a nurse reported seeing Simon touch a 57-year-old woman inappropriately.

If convicted, Simon faces up to six years in prison. He's due for arraignment Thursday.

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