GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
UPDATE: A nurse has been fired from Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction and arrested after being accused of multiple sexual assaults on a number of unconscious patients and taking pictures with them while delivering care at the hospital.
According to Grand Junction Police, 61-year-old, Christopher Lambros was taken into custody last week on an arrest warrant. The arrest affidavit shows Lambros is facing three felony charges of sexual assault against three different patients.
The charges stem from an accusation in July when a reporting party said another hospital employee allegedly saw Lambros taking a selfie with an unconscious patient while exposing the patient’s genitals and breasts. According to the affidavit, authorities seized his phone and uncovered evidence of several sexual assaults taking place in April and June 2022.
Authorities say Lambros was arrested on the morning of October 25th after police contacted him during a traffic stop near H Road and 27 1/4 Road. He was taken to the Mesa County Detention Facility soon afterwards.
That same day, Lambros was terminated from St. Mary’s. Hospital officials say immediately following concerns over the nurse, he was put on administrative leave, his access was removed to the hospital and patients, and law enforcement was contacted.
In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, hospital administrators say patient safety is their highest priority. According to St. Mary’s President, Bryan Johnson: “What this former nurse is accused of is reprehensible and goes against everything we believe and value at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Patients put their trust in us and should feel safe in our care.”
Officials told KREX they can’t offer further details. The investigation is ongoing.