A former nursing assistant who was a fugitive for more than a decade pleaded no contest Friday to sex-related charges involving five female patients at a Tarzana hospital.
Ramon Eduardo Rodas Gaspar, 50, is facing seven years in state prison and lifetime sex offender registration in connection with his plea to four felony counts of sexual battery by fraud and one felony count of sexual penetration of an unconscious person, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The crimes occurred between February 2005 and April 2006.
Former patients reported being sexually assaulted by Gaspar after undergoing surgery, some while still under the effects of anesthesia, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which launched an investigation in June 2006.
Gaspar — who worked for two years at what was known at the time as Tarzana Hospital — failed to show up for a July 2006 court hearing, resulting in a bench warrant being issued for him nearly a month after a $150,000 bond was posted on his behalf.
The case was featured on the Fox Broadcasting series “America’s Most Wanted” and investigators learned Gaspar had fled to Guatemala, where he was arrested in February 2017. He was subsequently extradited to Southern California, where he has remained jailed.
Gaspar is set to be sentenced July 9 in a Van Nuys courtroom.