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Police: Mental Health Worker Sexually Abused 3 Patients

Pinellas Park Police Department

A Florida mental health care worker is facing charges that he sexually battered three patients. 

Nicholai Brief was ordered held on $140,000 bail Sunday, three days after his arrest sexual battery and molestation charges.

According to Pinellas Park police, Brief worked as a caretaker at a Tampa Bay-area facility where people suffering from a mental health crisis are treated.

Investigators say they were told Thursday that in October a patient accused the 34-year-old suspect groped her. He denied it, but admitted asking her to expose herself.

Another patient said in January Brief forced her into a closet and sexually assaulted her.

In February, a third woman said Brief groped her while she slept. She says when she awoke, he told her not to tell.

Court records do not show if Brief has an attorney.

Copyright 2019 Health News Florida

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