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.

More high-profile figures in New York may be swept up in scandals. New York City Mayor Eric Adams is now facing sexual assault allegations. The claims date back to 1993, when Adams and his accuser, a woman, both worked for the city of New York.Mayor Adams denies the allegation. American actor Jamie Foxx is also facing sexual assault allegations. The suit states the alleged assault occurred in 2015 at a New York City rooftop bar. Foxx denies the allegations, and said he plans to file a countersuit.Despite several lawsuits filed against well-known people, an attorney in New York tells Scripps News that most of the suits filed have not been against high-profile figures.”The vast majority, or at least more than half of these cases actually have been against former inmates in correctional facilities, Rikers Island and things like that, that claim that the correctional officers sexually assaulted them while they were behind bars,” said Cynthia Augello, partner with the Warren Law Group.SEE MORE: NYC Mayor Eric Adams accused of 1993 sexual assault in legal filingThe Adult Survivors Act was signed by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul in 2022, opening a one-year window for adult survivors of sexual assault to sue their alleged abusers regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred.”With most claims there is a statute of limitations there’s a time where it has to stop, and there’s a lot of reasons for that. The legal system and the courts are extremely overworked. COVID made it even worse, and now if you allow people to just bring lawsuits forever and forever without a statute of limitations the courts are going to be completely overburdened,” said Augello. Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has also been hit with sexual assault claims. A former model for Penthouse magazine accuses Rose of raping her in a New York City hotel in 1989. Rose’s lawyer has claimed the assault “never happened.” Two women filed separate lawsuits against Cuba Gooding Jr. accusing the actor of sexual assault and battery. And legal troubles continue for American rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, who faces a second lawsuit in a week, this time accusing him of drugging and raping a woman in 1991.Last week, the singer’s ex-girlfriend, Cassie Ventura, accused Combs of rape, sex trafficking and physical abuse in a lawsuit. A day after those claims were filed, both parties reached a resolution. A settlement amount was not disclosed.

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