Hospital Worker Charged With Improperly Touching Patient

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Kiritkuma C. Shah (Photo courtesy of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office)

Kiritkuma C. Shah (Photo courtesy of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office)

EDISON — A hospital technician at John F. Kennedy Medical Center has been arrested and charged with improperly touching a patient while she was undergoing a heart monitoring test, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced today.

Kiritkuma C. Shah, 73, of West Windsor was charged on April 11 with one count of criminal sexual contact, a fourth degree offense, after the woman’s daughter alerted authorities following the incident on March 16 at the hospital in Edison.

Shah, an EKG technician who has worked at the hospital since 1996, was charged after an investigation determined he touched the 45-year-old woman and unzipped his pants, authorities announced. The woman had been medicated and was undergoing the exam following surgery in January.

Shah was arrested and charged during the investigation by Detective Lisa Cimmino of the Edison Police Department and Investigator Andreea Capraru of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Shah also was dismissed from his job at the hospital. His bail was set at $25,000 and he was required to post the full amount in order to be released from custody.

The investigation is continuing, and authorities are asking anyone with information on this, or similar incidents, to call Detective Cimmino of the Edison Police Department at 1-732-248-7400, or Investigator Capraru of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3600.

The charge against Shah is merely an accusation; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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