Medical Worker Infected Dozens with Hepatitis C, Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

by on December 4, 2013

34-year-old traveling medical technician, David Kwiatkowski pleaded guilty in August to 16 felony drug charges stemming from accusations that he knowingly infected dozens of patients across the U.S. with the same strain of Hepatitis C that he himself carries.

Reportedly, Kwiatkowski admitted that he had been stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes containing his infected blood during his time as a cardiac technologist at 18 hospitals in 7 states. In total, 46 people have been diagnosed with this particular strain of Hepatitis C; 1 in Pennsylvania, 6 in Kansas, 7 in Michigan, and 32 in New Hampshire.

Prior to his allegations, Kwiatkowski had been fired at least four times from U.S. hospitals for alleged theft and drug use.  At least one of his victims, a patient in Kansas, has since died from complications related to the infection. Kwiatkowski will face 30-40 years in a New Hampshire prison.

Unlawfully Administering Dangerous Drugs in Arizona

Though Kwiatkowski didn’t technically administer a drug to infect patients, it is likely that the drug charges he is facing are similar to those described in Arizona law, A.R.S. 13-1205, which is outlined below:

A person commits unlawfully administering a dangerous drug if, for a purpose other than lawful therapeutic or medical treatment, such person knowingly induces or causes to be introduced into the body of another person, without the other person’s consent, a dangerous drug.

Unlawfully administering a dangerous drug is typically charged as a class 6 felony in Arizona, unless the victim is a minor, in which case it is a class 5 felony.

If you were accused of unlawfully administering a drug in Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, or another AZ city, the drug defense attorneys at JacksonWhite will work to decrease your penalties and fines. Discuss the details of your charges with knowledgeable JacksonWhite drug crimes lawyer, Jeremy Geigle during a FREE consultation—schedule yours today at 480-818-9943.

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