Male Nurse Convicted of Raping Unconscious Patients Sentenced to Five Years

Moshe Yeshua, who worked at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, was convicted of raping patients following surgery while they were under anesthesia.

A Jerusalem court sentenced a male nurse convicted of raping patients while they were under post-surgery anesthesia to five years in prison on Thursday.

The nurse, Moshe Yeshua, worked at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

In the court ruling, the judges stated that Yeshua had penetrated a patient's genitals with his fingers in once incident, and in another, Yeshua had sexually assaulted a patient.

The judge writing the verdict described the severity of the crime, as it was perpetrated on victims whose "lives were completely dependent on medical staff."

"The ability of the convicted to carry out rape on a person who has undergone surgery, who is unconscious, illustrates immorality without border," the judge wrote.

In addition to his sentence of five years, the judges also gave Yeshua three years of probation and ordered him to compensate each of his victims NIS 10,000.