Saturday, April 19, 2008

Nurse Accused Of Sexual Battery Given Probation

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A nurse accused of sexually assaulting two patients and inappropriately touching another at two different Central Florida hospitals has learned his fate.

Following Laing's sentencing, a family member of one of the victims said his 15 year probation was not enough.

"People like him belong in prison, because if they don't go to prison they'll do it again," one of the victim's husbands said.

If Laing had gone to a jury trial, he could have served 17 years in prison.

Instead, he'll have to register as a sex offender and be monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet.

Another victim said she too wanted a harsher punishment.

"Personally, I would like to see him in jail," the victim said.

The victims said they will now live in fear for the rest of their lives knowing Laing is still a free man.

Laing's wife maintains he's innocent.

Laing also received a maximum punishment on Friday for the exposure charge and battery charge -- he will be on probation one year for those charges. He is also never allowed to work with patients again.

The judge told the victims the reason the state agreed to this plea deal is because they were under medication and could not make convincing witnesses to any jury.

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