Colorado nurse accused of having 4 terabytes of photos of unconscious patients
A class action lawsuit against a western slope nurse and health care system has been filed after a criminal investigation.
In November, Christopher Lambros, 61, was arrested after investigators found lewd images on his phone.
Attorneys from Denver civil rights law firm Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC filed the class action lawsuit because of the mountain of evidence uncovered in the criminal investigation and believe there are significantly more victims.
The law firm says 4 terabytes of data have allegedly been discovered connected to Lambro's alleged assaults.
"Four terabytes of data amounts to approximately 700,000 cellphone photos or 65,000 hours of cellphone videos," the law firm said in a press release. It believes there could be a decade of potential victims.
St. Mary's Medical Center, in a statement Wednesday, said it placed Lambros on administrative leave after the allegations were reported and fired him after he was arrested.
"The safety of our patients is our highest priority, and we take this matter very seriously," the hospital said. "We have zero tolerance for anyone who engages in the abuse or mistreatment of our patients."
Bryan Johnson, president of St. Mary's Medical Center, said the hospital is working with police while making sure patients feel safe.
"What this former nurse is accused of is reprehensible and goes against everything we believe and value at St. Mary's Medical Center," Johnson said. "Patients put their trust in us and should feel safe in our care. We are working closely with law enforcement to protect our patients from those who intend to cause harm. We are doing everything possible to ensure our patients continue to feel safe and respected while receiving care at St. Mary's Medical Center."
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