Patient accused of trying to rape hospital X-ray tech
DECATUR — A patient who is quoted as telling police he was sexually aroused by the touch of female technician taking X-rays of his body is now accused of trying to rape the woman.
Victor W. Nunnery appeared Monday in Macon County Circuit Court where he was arraigned on a charge of aggravated criminal sexual assault involving bodily harm. Judge Lindsey Shelton ruled the 22-year-old Decatur man was too dangerous to be released and ordered he remain in the custody of the Macon County Jail.
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A sworn affidavit filed by Decatur police said the incident dates to Saturday night at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital. Nunnery arrived complaining of pain in his shoulder and the 24-year-old X-ray technician had just finished taking X-rays of the affected area and had turned away from him.
“(She) advised Victor then came up behind and grabbed her on the shoulders,” said Officer Kyle Purcell, who signed the affidavit.
“(She) said Victor then threw her into the wall, causing her to fall down to the floor… Victor then crouched over her and attempted to pull down her pants.”
The technician is quoted as saying a tug-of-war took place with Nunnery, who had pulled his own pants down, as he repeatedly tried to pull down the woman’s pants and underwear while she fought to keep them on and kicked and screamed at her attacker. Police later noted she had suffered multiple red scratches to her stomach, just above the waistline.
The sounds of her screaming and the violent struggle caught the attention of a passing 40-year-old female staff member and police said Nunnery stopped his assault when she rushed into the X-ray room. The staff member told police she found Nunnery with his genitalia exposed kneeling over the victim whose naked lower body was also exposed; Nunnery was then restrained by hospital security.
“(The staff member) said Victor claimed the technician was receptive of his advances, and said ‘She wanted it’. She stated Victor then said ‘It wasn’t a big deal, nothing happened,’” Purcell stated in the affidavit. But the officer also quoted a hospital security officer who said Nunnery later asked him “How long he would get for rape?”
Questioned by police, Nunnery claimed he had been “sexually aroused” by the touch of the X-ray technician before he decided to attack her. “Victor advised that he did not know what (the woman) was screaming, but her screams turned him on,” Purcell added.
The defendant is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 17.
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