On October 25, 2022, Christopher Peter Lambros, a Grand Junction intensive care unit nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, was arrested for sexual assault on at least three patients. Lambros faces six charges, including two for sexual assault, two counts of invasion of privacy for sexual gratification, and two counts of unlawful sexual contact. Investigators believe Lambros, 61, assaulted patients that were unable to form consent between April 30, 2022, and July 9, 2022. He is currently held at the Mesa County Detention Facility on a $250,000 cash-only bond.
According to media reports, Lambros was working a shift at St. Mary’s on July 9, 2022, when another staff member reported to local police that she saw Lambros sexually assaulting and photographing an unconscious patient. The employee claims she entered a patient’s room, saw the lights off, and the curtains drawn. When the employee opened the curtains, she noticed the patient’s gown was pulled up and the bed sheets pulled down. The document says she saw Lambros with his head on the patient’s stomach while holding a cell phone as if taking a “selfie” picture.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the employee claimed Lambros then dropped the phone on the bed and recovered the patient with the gown and blanket. When detectives went to question Lambros at his Grand Junction home, he explained he was administering an “injection for blood clots.” Officers say Lambros denied taking pictures, but he voluntarily allowed the officer to look through his phone. The warrant details how police took the phone into evidence, searched its settings, and recovered what they claim to show Lambros posing with a number of unconscious victims in a hospital setting. The Grand Junction police say they recovered over 160 deleted videos/photos were recovered.
In one video, Lambros reportedly can be heard whispering to the camera saying, “don’t you ever get rid of these videos” and “you need to keep them forever… this is your Dexter collection.” Dexter is in reference to a TV show whose main character, Dexter Morgan, is a serial killer.
Finding the right medical provider can be challenging. We seek out seasoned professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion, and empathy. When we do finally decide on one, we hope to feel better over time, not be violated by the very person with whom we place our trust. Doctors and nurses hold a position of power in the physician-patient relationship. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for a healthcare professional to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while treating the patient.
Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care. Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at 888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at [email protected] for a free consultation.