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Athens > Male Nurse Arrested for Sodomizing Patient

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ATHENS — Authorities have arrested an Athens Regional Medical Center nurse for allegedly sodomizing a patient under anesthesia.

Christopher Michael Piller, 48, was arrested on February 23 by Athens-Clarke County Police for the incident, which allegedly occurred on November 17, 2014.

On that night, a patient in the recovery unit at Athens Regional, reviving from anesthesia, opened his eyes to allegedly see a male nurse sodomizing him orally, according to published reports in the Athens Banner-Herald.  The arrest warrant for Piller noted in he “did commit an act of sodomy by force against the will of (the patient) while he was in the recovery unit following surgery”.

According to statements by the victim’s attorney in the report, the patient was “confused, scared and angry” and after discussing the incident with his family decided to report the incident to police the next morning.

After an investigation by police, Piller was arrested by authorities, which also led to his termination by the hospital.  The hospital stated in the report they had no grounds to terminate him before his arrest.

Piller had been an awarded nurse prior to this incident, being named winner of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Nursing Excellence Award in 2014.  The paper reported he was given the award based on how he comforted family and friends of a patient who died from a vehicle accident at Athens Regional.  Further, the hospital reported no prior issues involving Piller.  Piller also had no previous criminal record.

Piller was granted bond after his arrest, but was barred from Athens Regional or any other facility where he might be in the position of providing patient care.  He was also placed under a 7 pm to 7 am curfew by the judge.