SANTA ANA (AP) — An Orange County jury has acquitted a former hospital worker of charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman in her hospital bed.

City News Service says 30-year-old Francisco Ayala Jr. was found not guilty Monday. He could have faced up to 24 years in prison if convicted.

Ayala wept as the verdict was announced.

Prosecutors contended that Ayala sexually assaulted a woman he was assigned to watch at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange in 2011.

His attorney, John Mardoyan, argued that Ayala had consensual oral sex.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE