‘Preying on patients’: SAPD asks victims to come forward after nurse’s sexual assault arrest

Police believe more patients may have been assaulted by Sergio Ricardo Rodriguez in San Antonio, Laredo

Sergio Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault.
Sergio Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – After arresting a local family nurse practitioner on suspicion of sexual assault, San Antonio police are asking any other potential victims to come forward.

Sergio Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., 40, was taken into custody Tuesday after one of his patients reported him to police. The woman told police that Rodriguez groped her during a breast exam and exposed himself to her. Rodriguez is currently employed at CentroMed, according to his LinkedIn profile.

In a statement, CentroMed pledged to dig into the allegations.

”We have launched an internal investigation of the allegation and are cooperating fully with the authorities,” the statement read. “CentroMed is committed to seeing that all of our patients are treated with the utmost respect and dignity.”

Investigators interviewed Rodriguez, who denied the allegations. Rodriguez was released from jail Wednesday after posting his bail, which was set at $200,000, jail records showed.

On Thursday, the police department published a news release about Rodriguez saying he “has been accused of preying on patients during medical appointments.”

“It is believed that more individuals may have been victimized by Rodriguez in San Antonio and Laredo, Texas,” according to the news release.

Anyone with more information about Rodriguez is asked to call the department’s Special Victims Unit at 210-207-2313.

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Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for four years. He has covered several topics, but specializes in crime, courts, open records and data visualization.