LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A 46-year-old Utah emergency room technician faces charges after police say he was caught performing a sex act on an unconscious patient.Hal Lavaun Weston of Laketown has faces a first degree felony forcible sodomy charge in connection with the Jan. 21 incident. He’s been fired from his job at Logan Regional Hospital.Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen says officers responded to a trespassing call earlier that night and arrested an intoxicated man, who later passed out in custody. Police tried but could not revive the individual.An officer accompanied him to the hospital and waited outside a room while a technician was supposedly examining the suspect. The officer was filling out paperwork on the incident.Jensen says the officer pulled aside a curtain to check whether the patient revived, and reportedly saw the technician performing oral sex on the still-unconscious man.Calls to Weston’s home went unanswered Friday.Logan Regional Hospital has issued the following statement regarding the incident:
<em>Logan Regional Hospital is fully committed to providing our patients with high quality, appropriate medical care. The alleged incident goes against our core values and inappropriate actions towards any patient are not tolerated or acceptable. The employee has been terminated. A thorough investigation of the incident is being conducted by Logan City Police Department and the hospital is fully cooperating.</em>
Troy Oldham, a Logan Regional Hospital representative, said Weston’s history was clean when he was hired.”We put all of our employees through a really extensive background check. It’s our policy,” Oldham said. “There was no history whatsoever.”Weston will make an initial court appearance Feb. 13.