Police: Deceased Nurse Assaulted Patients


The Ottumwa Police Department says it found evidence that a registered nurse who died last year assaulted patients at a local hospital.

An investigation began last October following the death of 27-year-old Devin Caraccio of Centerville who was found dead alone in a room at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. Police say at the time of his death, Caraccio worked for a third-party group that is contracted with ORHC.

Authorities were able to recover Caraccio’s cell phone which they say contains evidence of Carraccio assaulting more than one patient, while he was working at the hospital. Caraccio photographed or recorded images of the assaults, according to police.

ORHC administration was contacted and is assisting the police in identifying victims.

Police suspect the victimized patients were either asleep or in a state of unconsciousness at the time of the assaults. Authorities say the evidence indicates that Caraccio was acting alone.

Police say the hospital has been fully cooperative with the investigation.

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