Mercy

A St. Charles County man is in custody on sexual abuse charges he allegedly committed as an employee at Mercy-Lincoln Hospital.

According to a report from the Troy Police Department and the Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, on Oct. 9, detectives met with a female victim in reference to a sexual assault that occurred at Mercy-Lincoln Hospital, located at 1000 East Cherry Street.  The female victim stated at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, her primary care physician to Urgent Care located within Mercy-Lincoln Hospital for a chest X-ray directed her.

After the X-ray was completed, she returned home. 

At approximately 7:30 p.m., the victim was contacted by a male, who she believed to be the X-ray technician from Mercy-Lincoln to return to the hospital for another chest X-ray due to something of concern. The female victim stated she arrived back to the hospital at approximately 8 p.m.

Upon her arrival, according to the report, she went to the registration counter and was advised she did not need to register because she had been there earlier in the day. The female victim was escorted back to radiology.  The male technician, later identified as Ryan Williams, of Wentzville, took her into the CT scan room, provided her with a gown, instructed her to change and lay on the table.

Once on the table, Williams lifted up her gown, exposing her chest and began placing stickers on her chest, according to the report. In the course of placing the stickers on her chest, Williams allegedly touched her exposed breast with his hands. Once the scan was completed, the female victim was directed to redress. 

When the female victim had redressed and entered the room, Williams was on the telephone, which she believed to be with her doctor.  Williams showed her what she believed to be her CT scan and explained what her doctor’s concerns were.  The female victim was explained the doctor was concerned about her having lymphoma.  Afterward, Williams escorted the female victim from the hospital, according to the report.

On Oct. 5, the victim contacted her primary care physician to inquire about the CT scan, and was advised by her doctor there was no history of her having a CT scan.  She was also advised Williams had accessed her personal medical records from the hospital’s system. 

Williams was charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and invasion of privacy. The Honorable Judge Allsberry set bond at $100,000, cash only. Other bond conditions apply. 

Due to the level of sophistication of this crime, the Troy Police Department and the Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office believe there may be additional victims.  This is an ongoing investigation; the Troy Police Department is working with Mercy-Lincoln to identify any other possible victims.  Additional charges may be added. 

Williams has been employed at Mercy-Lincoln for four years. If you or anyone you know has had any contact with Williams as a patient during that period, please call the Troy Police Department at (636) 528-4725.

(All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)