For­mer hos­pi­tal nurse charged with sex­ual as­sault

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - — Manuel Gamiz Jr.

A for­mer Le­high Val­ley Hos­pi­tal nurse was charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing a woman at the hos­pi­tal’s Muh­len­berg cam­pus in May, Le­high County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jim Martin an­nounced Thurs­day.

Robert Ko­hut, 54, of Pittston, Luzerne County, was a nurse anes­thetist at the hos­pi­tal’s Beth­le­hem lo­ca­tion, but has since been fired by Le­high Val­ley Health Net­work, Martin said. Martin said a woman con­tacted Beth­le­hem po­lice on May 23 to re­port that she had been sex­u­ally as­saulted on May 13.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Beth­le­hem Sgt. Ni­cholas Lech­man deter­mined that a sex­ual as­sault did hap­pen in a room at the hos­pi­tal, Martin said.

Martin noted that the vic­tim was not a pa­tient.

Ko­hut was charged with one count each of sex­ual as­sault, ag­gra­vated in­de­cent as­sault, both sec­ond-de­gree felonies, and one count of in­de­cent as­sault, a sec­ond-de­gree mis­de­meanor.

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