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Former HUMC Nurse Sexually Abused Patients -- One 74, Authorities Charge

Wilber Hernandez
Wilber Hernandez Photo Credit: MUGSHOT: Courtesy MCPO

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A former Hackensack University Medical Center nurse was charged with assaulting two patients, including a 74-year-old woman in an ER, said authorities who were seeking any other possible victims.

Wilber Hernandez, a 29-year-old Ramapo College graduate living in Perth Amboy, was initially being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick pending a detention hearing after being taken into custody Thursday, authorities said.

A registered nurse, he'd been working at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick the past year, records show.

The first victim, a 49-year-old woman, was assaulted last Oct. 13 in the emergency room at the hospital and the most recent, a 74-year-old woman, on June 20 in the ER, as well, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and New Brunswick Police Director Andrew Caputo said in a joint statement.

Hernandez was suspended from St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick and Maxim Healthcare Services in North Brunswick.

Besides HUMC, Hernandez was listed has having worked as an RN at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson and Jersey City Medical Center.

Carey and Caputo asked that anyone with information that could help the investigation contact detectives at either:

  • Middlesex Prosecutor's Office: (732) 745-3600
  • New Brunswick Police Department: (732) 745-5200

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