November 28, 2012

Hospital Responds To Arrest of Worker

Edher Osrio of Princeton, an emergency room worker at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, has been accused of forcing a female patient to improperly touch him and, in a separate incident, of sexually assaulting another female patient. The alleged contact happened on November 23 with a 60-year-old female patient, while the alleged assault occurred with a 36-year-old female patient in June 2012.

The following statements from Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) are in response to questions about the ongoing investigation involving PHCS employee, Edher Osorio, and about Mr. Osorio’s return to work after he was the subject of a criminal investigation that was conducted earlier this year. We are providing these statements in response to those inquiries. In June of 2012, a patient complained that a PHCS employee had inappropriate sexual contact with her. The Plainsboro police and the Middlesex County Sex Crimes Unit conducted a thorough investigation and did not find a reason to charge the employee with a crime. The employee was an employee in good standing at that time. As is our practice, we had conducted a thorough pre-employment reference check and criminal background check, and he had passed both. At the time of the investigation, the employee had no record of criminal conduct or of patient complaints and had not been charged with a crime. He was allowed to return to work when the investigation was completed. PHCS is fully cooperating with the police investigation, and are unable to comment on the case.

Mr. Osorio is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Anyone with information that may be relevant is asked to call Investigator Terpanick of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3600, or Detective McElrath of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609) 799-2333.