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Police seek information in alleged sexual assault involving nurse

Jesus Tonkin
Jesus Tonkin Sacramento Police Department

Sacramento police are asking anyone with information regarding an alleged sexual assault by a nurse at an area hospital to contact authorities.

In September 2014, police received a report of an assault involving a nurse and a patient. The investigation revealed that 39-year-old Jesus Tonkin, a nurse, allegedly sexually assaulted a patient who was under his care.

Police spokesman Officer Justin Brown said detectives conducted an extensive investigation and on Aug. 12 of this year, detectives, in conjunction with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, obtained a warrant for Tonkin’s arrest. Tonkin was taken into custody the following day without incident. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of sexual battery and penetration by a foreign object. He has since been released from custody.

Tonkin was placed on administrative leave by the hospital where he was employed at the time of his arrest.

Because nurses work with multiple patients, Brown said, investigators are trying to determine whether there were other alleged victims. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Police Department dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy