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Five more women sue Citrus Memorial

Five more women who say nurse Bruce Alan Young sexually abused them have sued Citrus Memorial Hospital.

The lawsuits, which Orlando lawyer Jackson Brownlee filed Thursday afternoon in Circuit Court, bring to 14 the number of formal legal complaints that women have brought against Citrus Memorial in the Young case.

Like earlier plaintiffs, these women each seek jury trials and more than $15,000 in damages.

Young, 46, was a nurse in Citrus Memorial's surgical recovery room. Police arrested Young on Oct. 3 after a fellow nurse found him raping a sedated 15-year-old girl who had recently left surgery.

In the following days and weeks, dozens of women stepped forward to say that Young sexually abused them while they were under his care in the recovery room.

In February, Young pleaded guilty to raping the 15-year-old girl and six other women and received a 17-year prison sentence. He has since denied abusing anyone except the girl.

Regardless, many women named in the criminal complaints, and some who weren't, have headed to the civil arena for justice. Circuit Judge Patricia Thomas has dismissed many of those suits because lawyers did not follow the presuit guidelines set for medical malpractice claims.

Brownlee has followed those rules, and so far all his suits have survived that first test. The five most recent filings appear headed down that same road.

One woman says Young attacked her Jan. 15, 1993. The others say they suffered their attacks in 1994 _ on March 3, June 8, Sept. 9 and Sept. 27. None of the women were named in the seven criminal counts against Young.

The suits alleged that Citrus Memorial negligently retained Young because it knew, or had reason to know, that Young was unfit to practice as a nurse and "posed an unreasonable risk of harm" to patients.

The complaints further accused Citrus Memorial of negligently operating the recovery room, or post-anesthesia care unit. Specifically, Brownlee notes that the hospital did not have at least two nurses on duty in the room when his clients were molested and otherwise failed to monitor Young's actions.

Other counts accuse the hospital of breaching an implied contract, failing in its duty to control its employee and vicarious liability.

Two of the women were joined in the suits by their husbands, who are suing for loss of consortium. The woman who suffered the Sept. 27 attack named Young as a defendant along with the hospital.

Hospital attorneys have estimated that dozens more women have notified the hospital that they intend to sue or have taken steps in that direction. The first trial, for a suit filed earlier this year, is scheduled to begin Oct. 30.

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