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Fort Lauderdale Ultrasound Tech Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting a Patient During Exam

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Ivo Diaz, a former ultrasound technician at Fort Lauderdale's Holy Cross Hospital, pleaded guilty late last week to sexually assaulting a woman while she was undergoing an ultrasound in 2009.

Diaz, now 43, will serve five years in prison and 12 years of sex-offender probation as part of a plea agreement.

He was facing a maximum of 45 years in prison on the three charges of sexual battery, but was offered the plea deal by the state after the victim refused to testify in court.

That was the second time Diaz was accused of sexually battering a patient while on the job, after a 24-year-old woman filed a lawsuit against Diaz and the South Miami Hospital in 2004, but the case was dismissed after the woman received a settlement payout.

In the 2009 incident, the cops say Diaz sexually assaulted the woman three times during the same ultrasound.

Police say Diaz bailed after the woman left the hospital, and gave a call back to a co-worker to ask if she'd lie to police for him, which didn't happen.

Hospital rules state that a female employee must be in the room when a male employee is performing an examination of a female patient, which didn't happen either.

The day after the woman returned to the hospital with her boyfriend to file a complaint, Diaz was fired for "not keeping his technician certification up to date," according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Diaz admitted to sexually battering the woman during Friday's plea agreement hearing.

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