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Sentencing postponed for nurses caught in sex acts on the job

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Sentencing was postponed Monday to May 12 for two male nurses caught on video engaging in a sex act with each other while caring for a 99-year-old stroke victim.

Russel Torralba, 42, and Alfredo V. Ruiz, 43, pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of inflicting mental suffering on an elder.

Surveillance video footage showed Torralba fondling Ruiz on multiple occasions in 2011 in the victim's room, according to Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood.

Attorneys for the defendants contended that while the behavior was "inappropriate," there was no evidence that the female stroke victim was neglected, suffered injuries or that she was even aware what was taking place next to her.

Judge Lorna Alksne called the behavior by the defendants "shocking," but dismissed a count of lewd and lascivious behavior.

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