Male nurse indicted on 7 additional sex charges
by Brandon Wilson
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December 28, 2010 12:00 AM | 5184 views | 10 10 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mugshot of Paul Serdula, the nurse anesthetist who is accused of recording and sexually assaulting unconscious women, was indicted Dec. 16 on seven additional counts of wrongdoing.
Mugshot of Paul Serdula, the nurse anesthetist who is accused of recording and sexually assaulting unconscious women, was indicted Dec. 16 on seven additional counts of wrongdoing.
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MARIETTA - Paul Serdula, the nurse anesthetist who is accused of recording and sexually assaulting unconscious women, was indicted Dec. 16 on seven additional counts of wrongdoing.

Serdula, 48, of Marietta, was re-arrested Dec. 17 and is being held without bond in Cobb Jail on additional charges of unlawful surveillance, aggravated sodomy and sexual assault.

Police first arrested Serdula on Nov. 18, 2009, accusing him of recording women on a hidden cell phone camera in a bathroom at Goldstein Garber & Salama dental office on Galleria Parkway. Investigators later seized videos from Serdula's home that revealed "criminal conduct against persons who were under anesthesia at various medical or dental facilities," police said.

On Feb. 18, a Cobb grand jury indicted Serdula on numerous felony charges, including unlawful surveillance, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy and sexual assault against a person in custody. The allegations stemmed from incidents that were said to have occurred in a restroom, dental office treatment rooms, and hospital labor and delivery rooms. The sexual assault charges - from the original indictment and the one handed down Dec. 16 - were stated to have occurred at WellStar Cobb Hospital.

Serdula was a contract certified registered nurse anesthetist who worked for various dental or medical physicians, not one in particular, in the metro area and outside the state, Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said previously.

All incidents were stated to have occurred between November 2008 to October 2009.

Serdula's trial is scheduled for April 11 before Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green.

On Oct. 19, five female patients who claimed to be assaulted by Serdula while under anesthesia at WellStar Cobb Hospital filed suit against WellStar Health System, claiming the hospital should have prevented the crimes. One plaintiff is a minor.

Four of the patients in the lawsuit were at the hospital to deliver babies via cesarean section, and the minor was undergoing an emergency appendectomy. According to the suit, Serdula administered some drugs without medical justification, and gave excessive doses, leaving the new mothers unable to recall their babies' births.

The suit seeks damages "in excess of $10,000." The plaintiff's lead attorney estimated that the civil trial could occur within 12 to 16 months from when the suit was filed in October.
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anonymous
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January 07, 2011
I am still fighting a lawsuit when I was fondled after tummy surgery at Kennestone. They claim to not be responsible for their employees criminal actions and my suit may not be plausable because I was sedated. I will never know what all happened that day.
cobb citizen
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December 30, 2010
I hope the attorneys are able to shake wellstar down for millions to provide to those individuals who were assaulted.Patients come to the hospital trusting such facilities to protect them even though we know that the wellstars will own you after a hospitalization as a result of their outrageous bills.
patient citizen
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December 30, 2010
Not surprised that such criminal activity took place at a Wellstar facility. Wellstar is only interested in profits and not delivering competent,safe quality healthcare.This is the culture and legacy that Dr Simone fostered,namely profits first.
kennestone doc
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December 30, 2010
I also hold Wellstar responsible for not implementing security and monitoring proceedures in place in order to prevent such activity.Guess they could not afford such security measures, but they certainly had sufficient funds to pay off Dr Simone.
Worldclass?
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December 30, 2010
Makes you want to run down to your local Wellstar facility and get some personal treatment doesnt it?
Doctors???
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December 29, 2010
Didn't the doctors notice THEIR patients were totally knocked out during cesareans? Where were their husbands to questions why the wife was knocked out? It is all too wierd and the doctors should be held accountable as well!
jessi32
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December 29, 2010
Lock this psychopath for life with no parole. How come the video camera monitors didn't catch him earlier? So sad these the women had to go thorough this.
Ted Sheckler
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December 28, 2010
Lock this scumbag up for life. He needs to spend the rest of his pathetic life away from the public. He'll get his in prison, I'm sure he won't be treated to kindly on the inside.
bill l
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December 28, 2010
Where in the heck were the doctors at? My god
ne cobb mom
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December 28, 2010
What a creep!
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