Marietta nurse anesthetist charged with molesting patients under sedation

Cobb County police arrested Paul Patrick Serdula, a nurse anesthetist, last week for unlawful surveillance after a patient found video surveillance equipment in a Marietta dentist office bathroom. Authorities then re-arrested Serdula on Monday night for aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation after evidence revealed that he may have made sexual contact with a sedated juvenile. Police now fear that there may be as many as 100 other victims who were inappropriately touched while sedated.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has the story.

After Serdula was arrested for unlawful surveillance, police searched his Forest Peak Court home where they discovered hundreds of videotapes and additional electronic monitoring devices. Authorities are currently reviewing the tapes in an effort to determine if they show any criminal acts or possible victims. Police have been speaking with potential victims and are so far aware of at least 20. That number could possibly grow to around 100 before the investigation is concluded.

Serdula, 47, was a contract nurse who did not work for any single medical or dental office. Police say it is possible that he worked at numerous medical offices throughout Cobb County. Cobb police encourage anyone who has been recently sedated to contact their doctor’s office to determine if the anesthesia was administered by Serdula. If Serdula was involved, patients are urged to contact Cobb police.

The incident stemming from the aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation charges is believed to have occurred on July 29. Police have also charged Serdula with aggravated sodomy for acts that allegedly occurred on September 16. If Serdula is convicted of these sex crimes, he would face significant jail time. Aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated sodomy all carry a sentence of 25 years to life.

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