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EXCLUSIVE: In-Home Nurses Performed Sexual Acts On 98-Year-Old Patient

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By Derek Staahl

SAN DIEGO -- Two in-home registered nurses performed sexual acts on and near a 98-year-old patient living in San Diego, video obtained exclusively by San Diego 6 shows.

The male nurses, Russel Torralba and Alfredo Ruiz, masturbated and groped each other at the foot of the woman's bed, according to public records. At times, one of the men stroked the patient's hand while being fondled, or appeared to bend down and kiss her.

The footage first released publicly by San Diego is from March 3 and March 11, 2011, however family members have discovered instances of lewd acts almost daily starting February 27, according to public records and family attorney William Berman.

"I myself couldn't believe it," said Berman, who added it was the most shocking case of elder abuse he's seen in 15 years of practice in that specialty.

Details began emerging publicly last month when the nurses' licenses were suspended at an administrative hearing October 24. The conditions of the suspension bar the men from working for a home health agency, but allow the men to continue practicing in hospital settings.

The District Attorney's office is reviewing the case for possible criminal prosecution, spokesperson Steve Walker said.