An X-ray technician at a hospital in the northern Vietnamese province of Son La has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old female patient.
Police in Quynh Nhai District, Son La Province confirmed on Thursday they had apprehended Mua A. C., who works at the diagnostic department of the district’s general hospital, to assist the investigation into the purported sexual assault.
La Thi Yeu, director of the infirmary, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the victim’s family first arrived at the hospital and accused C. of raping the young girl.
Yeu then reported the case to police officers, who launched a probe into the incident.
Police have worked with C. and her uncle and legal guardian Lo Van L., as well as collecting statements from the suspect.
The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon, when the girl, accompanied by her grandmother, came to the hospital to seek treatment for her chest pain, the uncle recalled, adding that a doctor then asked her to undergo a chest X-ray scan.
C., who was the technician, assisted the patient with the scan procedure, which required her to take off her shirt.
After the scan was done, C. went on to ask her to come inside the processing room for “further diagnosis.”
He locked the door and told the girl to take off her pants.
The victim’s statement showed that C. had given her a pill, which caused a burning sensation inside her mouth.
She was unable to recall what happened next.
The victim’s grandmother said she had been waiting for her grandchild for quite a while, before seeing the 13-year-old walk out of the room crying.
The family then took her to the Son La Center for Reproductive Health for a health check.
“She is still frightened and was unable to eat anything for over a day after the incident happened,” a family member said.
According to the uncle, the victim had told police that “everything was done” when she regained consciousness, apparently implying that she had been sexually abused.