Medical technician accused of sex crime in Lee County.
A medical technician is facing five sex offense charges after the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said he had inappropriate sexual conduct with patients in at an area medical facility.
Benjamin Bland, 44, of south Fort Myers, is facing five counts of having sex with a mental patient and remains in custody at the Lee County Jail on $125,000 bail. He was taken into custody Wednesday.
The sheriff’s office said there are five patients who said Bland made inappropriate sexual advances toward them, according to a sheriff’s office report.
The patients reported incidents dating back to at least July and up to last week.
One patient, who was admitted to a facility in August, told investigators Bland made several sexually inappropriate comments to her, masturbated in front of her and had sexual encounters with her and another woman admitted to the facility.
Another victim reported a sexually battery incident involving Bland in July, but the victim later signed a desire not to prosecute affidavit citing she could no longer continue with the investigation because her current mental health condition, according to the report.
A third victim, who suffers from depression, is bi-polar and has several other mental health issues, told investigators she was admitted to a facility in June for a mental health assessment and said Bland started making sexual advances toward her in July and later sexually battered her in her bedroom bathroom, according to the report.
Investigators said she notified facility personnel a few days after the incident, but at the time was unable to continue with an interview because of her mental state.
A fourth victim told investigators Bland groped her and asked her for sex while she was receiving treatment at the facility. She said she pushed him away and told hospital personnel about the incidents. These incidents also occurred in July.
A fifth victim, who was admitted to the facility as a patient in June, said Bland forced her into a sexual situation after he followed her into a closet. She told investigators she didn’t initially report the incident, because she didn’t think anyone would believe her.News-Press.com