A male nurse has been arrested after he was caught committing a sex act on a dead woman, it was revealed today.
Security guards at Sherman Oaks Hospital reportedly caught Alejandro Lazo, 61, committing an act of necrophilia on Sunday and held him until officers arrived.
LAPD Lt Andy Neiman told CBS Los Angeles there was an ‘indication that a deceased patient had somehow been violated by an employee of the hospital’.
Lt Neiman said: ‘It’s a very sensitive case because you’re dealing with somebody who is deceased, who’s a loved one of somebody, who really couldn’t even fight back, so it’s our job to fight back for them.’
Lazo was arrested on a state Health and Safety Code violation because the person was deceased, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Lazo, of Reseda, is free on $20,000 bail. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
A neighbor of his said he was a quiet man with a wife and two kids.
He faces up to three years if convicted.
Officials at Sherman Oaks Hospital declined to comment.
Committing necrophilia wasn’t a crime in California until 2004.