Medhat Said, a 52-year-old pediatric nurse in Glendale, California (pictured above), has been arrested and charged with inappropriately photographing and touching young girls around his apartment complex, authorities claim.
Police fear that there could also be more victims given the access to children that Said’s profession affords him.
In a report from CBS Los Angeles, it was revealed that the first reports on the suspect came in on March 27. The reports noted a “suspicious man who had been taking photographs of children who lived at a residential apartment complex.”
When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered that Medhat Said was the subject of those reports and that he was a new tenant.
The early investigation also uncovered the accusation that Said enjoyed watching the children swim in the pool, and that he offered the children candy and to come in to his apartment.
One 9-year-old was said to have been touched on the “arm and back” by the pediatric nurse.
Previous reports dating back to 2010 found that Said was suspected of similar activities on a 10-year-old female victim, reported the Inglewood Police Department.
There was nothing in the CBS Los Angeles report to indicate that Said engaged in sexual activity with any of the victims, but it’s understandable to see how parents would be concerned by the alleged actions.
If you do have children in your immediate or extended family who have received medical care in either Inglewood or Glendale, police are encouraging you to contact them with any additional info at the Glendale Police Department, phone number (818) 548-3106.
This isn’t the first time the Inquisitr has reported on potential child predators within the medical industry.
Previously, there was the story of Dr. Robert Crockett, a Miami children’s doctor who was arrested for the sexual assault of a teenage boy. Police became aware of the crime after the teen boy’s parents contacted them. They told authorities the incident took place between July 30 and July 31 of 2014.
Crockett was brought up on charges in December 2014 for the assault, which involved a 15-year-old boy, authorities claim. His case is still pending.
It is worth noting that neither the Crockett case nor the Medhat Said case occurred within the confines of a hospital or medical facility.
In case you’re concerned about the care your child is receiving, the best thing to do is remain present for any and all interactions between doctor and patient.
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