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Princeton Hospital Worker Accused of Sexually Assaulting Patient


Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Guy Armour of the Plainsboro Police Department announced today that a 40-year-old hospital worker has been charged with sexually assaulting a female patient at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.

​Richard Smith, 40, of Princeton, was charged on November 17, 2015 with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual contact.

Smith, who was employed as a patient care technician, is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center on $200,000 bail.

During the investigation it was determined that Smith lifted the hospital gown of an incapacitated 25-year-old female patient and improperly touched her. Hospital officials called police after being notified of the sexual assault.

Smith began working at the hospital in May. Prior to that, he was employed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, and earlier, at a private medical practice in Princeton.

The investigation is active and is continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kanaley of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609) 454-4912, or Detective McCall of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3652.