Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Man accused of raping fellow patient at New Port Richey facility

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 19-year-old man is accused of raping a fellow patient at the behavioral health unit of the Medical Center of Trinity.

Bryan Matthew Joachinson and the woman were in separate units at the hospital's West Pasco campus, 5637 Marine Parkway, which houses an in-patient mental health facility. A locked door separates the units.

Surveillance video from just before 6 p.m. April 24 shows Joachinson sneaked through the door behind hospital staff and into the victim's unit, where the rape happened, a New Port Richey Police report states.

The mentally disabled woman, who was described as having the capacities of a 14-year-old, told a detective she had been raped. A physical exam found semen and injuries consistent with rape, the police report said.

When officers questioned Joachinson, he said he did not know what they were talking about. He refused to provide a DNA sample, saying he was never in the woman's room, the report states.

Hospital staff immediately reported the woman's allegations and are cooperating with the police investigation, said Mary Sommise, the hospital's director of marketing. The behavioral health unit, which holds 48 beds, is designed to treat people with a range of issues, from eating disorders and addiction issues to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Joachinson, of Port Richey, was arrested on a charge of involuntary sexual battery. He remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Contact Alex Orlando at [email protected] or (727) 869-6247.

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