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Citrus County nurse-rapist Bruce Alan Young gets 210-year prison term

INVERNESS — One of Florida's most notorious rapists will spend the rest of his life in prison after a Citrus County judge gave the 60-year-old man a 210-year sentence.

Bruce Alan Young is a former nurse at Citrus County Memorial Hospital who raped seven sedated patients, including a 15-year-old girl, in the early 1990s.

As part of a 1994 plea deal, he received a 17-year prison sentence followed by 13 years of state supervision. He was released in 2005 but confined indefinitely as a sexual predator under the Jimmy Ryce Act.

Young violated his probation in February 2008 when he escaped for two days from the Florida Civil Commitment Center in Arcadia.

It allowed Circuit Judge Ric Howard to impose a stiffer sentence. On Wednesday, he gave Young seven consecutive 30-year prison terms.

"I don't think you can get any more egregious than what he did to those victims," said Assistant State Attorney Rich Buxman.

The sentence corrected an identical ruling from August that was deemed improper on a legal issue.

Young's court-appointed defense attorney, Robert Christensen of Homosassa, asked for a 42-year sentence, which fell within the relevant guidelines.

Howard, a judge whose sentences often draw attention, decided to go beyond the guidelines after the prosecutor presented his case.

Relying on previous testimony, Buxman said two of Young's victims contracted a sexually transmitted disease from him and one recently underwent a second surgery to treat injuries received during the sexual assault.

The prosecutor also noted that Young violated a sacred position of trust and that one victim was a minor.

A colleague caught Young in the surgical recovery room on top of a 15-year-old patient.

All told, Young was accused of, but never charged with, similar crimes against more than 100 women.

John Frank can be reached at jfrank@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6114.

Citrus County nurse-rapist Bruce Alan Young gets 210-year prison term 02/26/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 27, 2009 12:15am]
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