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St. Joseph’s Hospital therapist arrested on charge of sexually assaulting patient, 75

Deputies said a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital saw the assault after hearing an alarm sounding in the elderly woman’s room.
Regginald Jackson, 30, was arrested on a sexual battery charge Monday after Hillsborough deputies say a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital saw him sexually abusing a 75-year-old patient. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

A physical therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Riverview was arrested Monday night after a nurse saw him sexually abusing a 75-year-old woman in her room, Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies report.

Regginald Jackson, 30, was arrested on a sexual battery charge.

Deputies said the nurse heard an alarm sounding in the elderly woman’s room Monday night. She checked a live feed camera in the room and saw Jackson sexually abusing the woman, deputies said.

The hospital said it was firing Jackson after the incident.

“BayCare is terminating the employment of Regginald Jesse Jackson, who was working as a physical therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital-South,” the hospital said in a statement. “We appreciate the team member who took appropriate, swift action after witnessing suspicious activity and we remain in close contact with authorities as they conduct their investigation.”

Detectives believe there may be other victims and are asking anyone with information to call them at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477).

"This is an appalling breach of trust and abuse by a person who is trained and paid to look out for the well-being of patients,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “I am disgusted by the actions of Regginald Jackson, and we will work diligently to find out if there are others who have been victimized by him in the past to ensure that justice is served.”

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