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Surgical Tech at Military Center Faces Allegations of Fondling 3 Women

Patients say the man inappropriately touched them as they awoke from surgery.

Published: January 7, 2015

Three women are accusing a medical technician of sexually assaulting them while they were coming out of anesthesia at a military hospital.

Airman 1st Class Michael Lightsey is accused of improperly touching the 3 patients in June 2013 while at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland's 59th Medical Wing in San Antonio, Texas, according to published reports.

The 3 women allege in court that as they woke up after outpatient procedures at Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (part of the 59th Medical Wing) that a man in blue scrubs groped them, with one woman saying that a man took her hand and used it to rub his genitals.

One of the women who testified, an Air Force captain and 14-year veteran, told the court that a medical technician, who she believed to be Mr. Lightsey, grabbed her breasts and sexually assaulted her with his fingers after being rolled out of the recovery room.

Testimony in the case began on Monday, where the women told their similar accounts. Defense lawyers argue that there is no proof their client was the perpetrator and have asked the military judge to throw out the allegations.

The defense team, led by attorney Jeffery King, says that 2 of the women could not actually identify Mr. Lightsey, and that their allegations are clouded because they were awakening from anesthesia at the time. Prosecutors argue that evidence suggests Mr. Lightsey was at the scene of the alleged incidents, and that the center's staff say the women were alert after surgery.

Mr. Lightsey faces 4 specifications of causing bodily harm and could be sentenced to 28 years in prison if found guilty, the Air Force said.

Calls to Mr. Lightsey's attorneys and representatives of Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland were not returned.

Kendal Gapinski


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