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Ex-nurse convicted of sexually assaulting patient at Methodist Southlake Hospital

Former Methodist Southlake Hospital nurse Hoa "Kevin" Cam Huyen was found guilty Thursday of the sexual assault of a patient in 2017.
Former Methodist Southlake Hospital nurse Hoa "Kevin" Cam Huyen was found guilty Thursday of the sexual assault of a patient in 2017. Courtesy of the Southlake police

CAUTION: This article contains graphic testimony.

FORT WORTH — A former Methodist Southlake Hospital nurse accused of drugging, and then sexually assaulting a patient in 2017 was convicted Thursday of sexual assault.

Hoa "Kevin" Cam Huyen was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault of a patient who was undergoing hip replacement surgery in March 2017.

The punishment phase of Huyen's trial begins at 9 a.m. Friday in the 297th Criminal District Court.

Huyen, 35, of Argyle faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each charge.

The patient who was drugged by Huyen woke up as he was committing a sex act on her at the Southlake Hospital, a prosecutor told a Tarrant County jury in closing arguments Thursday.

"The person who was supposed to be taking care of her," prosecutor Kacey Fickes told jurors in closing arguments. "And she woke up to a nightmare."

The jury of seven men and five women convicted Huyen of penetrating the vagina of the patient with his fingers.

In closing arguments, Huyen's attorney, James Whalen, told the jury that prosecutors had left many unanswered questions in the case and noted that biological evidence was destroyed and the patient's demeanor didn't change all day.

"Reasonable doubt exists in this case," Whalen told jurors. "Kevin's life is at stake here. The evidence isn't there."

But prosecutor Derek Dumas contended in his closing argument that Huyen was guilty, calling him someone who went from being a nurse to a predator.

"Look at all the different steps he took to muddy up the evidence," Dumas said. "He did it to have his time with her."

Huyen injected diphenhydramine — an antihistamine sold under the brand name Benadryl — into the IV of the patient, and then sexually assaulted her

The woman told Southlake officers that the medication made her sleep and she awoke three times to find the nurse penetrating her vagina with his fingers.

Huyen was arrested later in March.

Six months before that, another patient at Methodist Southlake Hospital reported a nurse named Kevin had repeatedly touched her breasts and given her a medication against her wishes that left her dizzy and fighting to stay awake, according to a police affidavit.

That woman testified Thursday telling the jury that Huyen gave her medication for pain even though she wasn't complaining of pain.

"He cupped my breasts and touched my nipples," the woman testified. "It was all awkward and uncomfortable."

Southlake police investigated her report but then suspended the case in January 2017 after the hospital would not provide further information about the identity of the accused nurse, the affidavit states.

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Methodist Southlake Hospital Courtesy: Methodist Southlake Hospital website

Methodist Health System officials have not answered specific questions about the hospital's handling of the matter.

Huyen has a history of sexual misconduct complaints, including the two from Southlake and two from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound, according to nursing records, a police affidavit and court documents obtained by the Star-Telegram.

Since 2007, Huyen has worked at two other hospitals in North Texas — Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine.

The two incidents at the Southlake Hospital prompted the Texas Board of Nursing to temporarily suspend Huyen's nursing license on June 23, 2017. He voluntarily surrendered his nursing license a few weeks later.

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Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr