SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - A medical worker at a north Scottsdale pain treatment center was arrested on Wednesday for sexually assaulting a patient, police said.
The incident happened on June 25, 2018 at Integrated Pain Consultants, near 96th Street and Shea Boulevard.
According to police, a 48-year-old woman was sedated for back pain treatment. As she was regaining consciousness in the recovery room, she said 38-year-old Xavier Perez sexually assaulted her.
"She realized that something wasn't right, that she was being sexually assaulted. Obviously when you're coming out of sedation you're foggy so we were trying to put that together but she just knew something wasn't right," said Officer Kevin Watts with the Scottsdale Police Department.
Police say Perez worked as a transporter and was taking the patient to a recovery room when the assault happened.
The investigation lasted for months and the arrest was made on Wednesday. Officers said DNA evidence linked him to the crime.
"We're happy that we were able to bring it to this conclusion today, it was a timely process but hopefully the victim will get some justice," said Officer Watts.
Perez was still employed at the pain treatment center at the time of his arrest, according to the police department.
"It is concerning and it is alarming because it is a position of trust," Officer Watts said. "When you're sedated and coming out of sedation, you're obviously in a vulnerable spot and you trust those who are taking care of you."
According to a spokeswoman with Integrated Pain Consultants, they say Perez remained employed because Scottsdale police's initial investigation found no evidence of assault.
"At that time, an investigation had taken place by Scottsdale authorities and video surveillance had been reviewed in detail. Scottsdale police found no evidence of assault, which led the executive team to make the decision Xavier Perez would remain employed," she said.
Police said Perez admitted to the sexual assault. He is still in police custody.
Scottsdale detectives said it was a one-time incident but worry there may be other victims. Anyone with any additional information is asked to call Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-5000.