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  • Ex-Children's Hospital Therapist Pleads Guilty

    This is a follow-up to a news thread I posted sometime last year, when he was arrested.

    Ex-Children's Hospital therapist pleads guilty to child molesting


    By Ray Huard
    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    1:30 p.m. June 12, 2007

    SAN DIEGO – A former Children's Hospital respiratory therapist called “a monster” by investigators pleaded guilty Tuesday to molesting patients and taking their photographs to distribute as child pornography.
    Wayne Albert Bleyle will almost certainly spend the rest of his life in prison, Deputy District Attorney Laura Gunn said.

    “The first time he sees a parole board, he will be 95 years old,” Gunn said outside the courtroom.

    Under the terms of a plea agreement approved Tuesday by San Diego Superior Court Judge Kenneth So, Bleyle will be sentenced to prison for 45 years and eight months at a July 25 hearing. The judge said Bleyle must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he's eligible for parole.

    “This is absolutely one of the worst child molest cases imaginable,” Gunn said.
    Bleyle, 55, pleaded guilty to eight counts of committing forcible lewd acts on five children who were under his care at the convalescent center at the hospital – now known as Rady Children's Hospital. He also pleaded guilty to five counts of exhibiting a minor in pornography.

    Asked by the judge if he agreed with Bleyle's guilty plea, defense attorney Casey Donovan said, “this is Mr. Bleyle's decision.”

    If Bleyle ever gets out of prison, the judge said he would be subject to hormone therapy to suppress his sex drive and required to register as a sex offender.

    Bleyle was charged with molesting five seriously ill patients, two of whom have since died, Gunn said.

    But Gunn said Bleyle told investigators that he molested so many of the patients under his care at the hospital that he lost count.

    “We don't know how many victims there are,” Gunn said.

    When investigators confronted Bleyle while he was visiting his father in New York last year and asked how many children he molested, “Mr. Bleyle looked out the window and said 'how many snowflakes are out there,'” said Serge Duarte, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy special agent assigned to a regional Crimes Against Children task force.

    “Wayne Bleyle was a monster,” Duarte said.

    In March 2006 the task force discovered that Bleyle was dealing in child pornography over the Internet, Duarte said. He said when agents searched his Santee home, they found evidence that Bleyle was abusing his patients, including photographs which showed him molesting one of them.

    Bleyle worked at Children's Hospital for 26 years, the past 10 in a convalescent center where many patients are unable to move on their own or speak. He was fired after his arrest March 8, 2006.

    In exchange for the guilty plea, Gunn agreed to dismiss additional child pornography charges. If Bleyle had been tried and convicted of all charges, he faced a maximum penalty of 165 years to life, Gunn said.

    “This is an outcome that I think is satisfactory,” Gunn said, because it will spare one of Bleyle's 13-year-old victims from testifying in a public trial.

    The girl is the only one of Bleyle's victims prosecutors have identified who could testify because none of the others who are still alive can talk, Gunn said. She said Bleyle deliberately targeted children who were so disabled that they couldn't tell anyone what he did.

    Gunn said working out a plea agreement was “an ongoing process” that was finalized Monday.

    Donovan, the defense attorney, wanted the judge to sentence Bleyle yesterday, but Gunn objected that Bleyle's victims or people who could speak on their behalf have a legal right to tell the judge at a later hearing how Bleyle's actions affected them. Their comments won't change Bleyle's sentence but Gunn said it would give closure to victims and their families.

    “This is something that's important to them,” Gunn said outside court.

    Bleyle will be the second former Children's Hospital worker to be imprisoned for molesting patients.

    A former nurse, Christopher Alan Irvin, in October was sentenced to prison for 14 years and eight months for molesting a 3 1/2-year-old girl in his care.

    Since the arrests of Bleyle and Irvin, Rady Children's Hospital has increased security and taken other measures, hospital spokesman Ben Metcalf said outside the courtroom.

    Because Bleyle sometimes used cell phones to photograph his victims, Metcalf said hospital workers must store their phones in lockers and cannot bring them on hospital floors. He said visitors are asked to refrain from using cell phones inside.

    He said the hospital also requires that two people be present when patients are examined and has installed shorter privacy curtains around patient beds so anyone standing behind the curtain can be seen.

    “We're doing everything we can to make sure this doesn't happen again,” Metcalf said.
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  • #2
    wow...unbelievable.

    That guy won't survive long in prison, I bet...You would have to have him in solitary for his entire term, because if general population found out why he's there, it would not be good for him...

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    • #3
      This is the definition of wasting oxygen. I can't even get mad. It's like getting mad at a snake or a spider for being what it is....
      They're called 'learning opportunities'.

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      • #4
        wow, when you think you've heard most everything..


        what a waste, throw the key away and forget to feed him, please.
        ''Life's tough......it's tougher if you're stupid.''
        -- John Wayne

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        • #5
          You know... if we had sentences like this for child abusers/sex offenders, I'll bet they wouldn't be doing this sick stuff anymore!!
          From a lecture in my school master's program...

          "On March 2, 1757, Robert François Damiens was convicted of an assassination attempt on King Louis XV. The chief judge read his sentence:

          He is to be taken and conveyed in a cart, wearing nothing but a shift, holding a torch of burning wax weighing two pounds; in the said cart to the Place de Greve, where on a scaffold that will be erected there, the flesh will be torn from his breasts, arms, thighs, and calves with red-hot pincers, his right hand, holding the knife with which he committed the attempted parricide, burnt with sulphur, and, on those places where the flesh will be torn away, poured molten lead, boiling oil, burning resin, wax and sulphur melted together and then his body drawn and quartered by four horses and his limbs and body consumed by fire, reduced to ashes and his ashes thrown to the winds.

          (Foucalt, 1977, p. 4)
          "

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          • #6
            That is...just...insane. And he'd been there for 26 years? Wow.

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            • #7
              Unreal!!!!!!

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              • #8
                Sentencing was today

                Former Rady therapist sentenced to 45+ years


                By Dana Littlefield
                UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
                and Debbi Farr Baker
                UNION-TRIBUNE BREAKING NEWS TEAM
                12:33 p.m. July 25, 2007
                SAN DIEGO – A convicted child molester and former respiratory therapist at Rady Children's Hospital who preyed on disabled young patients was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years and eight months in prison.

                Wayne Albert Bleyle, 56, of Santee was ordered to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, which means he will almost certainly spend the rest of his life in prison.
                San Diego Superior Court Judge Kenneth So also noted that Bleyle will be required to pay restitution to his victims in an amount to be determined later.

                In what was prosecutors called one of the worst child molestation cases imaginable, Bleyle pleaded guilty June 12 to 13 charges including committing forcible lewd acts on five children under his care, and exhibiting a minor in pornography. Prosecutors say Bleyle deliberately targeted seriously ill children because they were so disabled they couldn't tell anyone what happened. Two of his victims have since died.

                The mother of one of the deceased victims said in court Wednesday that Bleyle took advantage of the trust placed on him by the patients, their parents and the staff. His actions, the woman said, have brought immeasurable pain to her family.

                “It doesn't matter what you say and how many years you spend in jail, it's not going to be enough,” the woman said in court.

                “I don't think you have a soul,” she continued. “You're just an empty human shell.”

                Several other parents whose children were treated by Bleyle at the convalescent hospital, but were not named victims in this case, told the judge they will never know for sure whether their children were molested. Nevertheless, they said they still felt violated and betrayed.

                Defense lawyer Casey Donovan told the parents in court that their children's names never came up during the investigation. He said Bleyle wanted to apologize to those he did victimize and their families and that he felt a great deal of guilt over what he had done.

                Donovan noted that Bleyle had been molested when he was 12 years old and later developed an addiction to child pornography.

                “There's no excuse for his activity and his actions,” Donovan said. “I think it's important to know that he has tremendous guilt.”

                Bleyle showed little reaction during the hearing.

                He was arrested March 8, 2006 after investigators with the San Diego Internet Crimes against Children Task Force discovered he was collecting and sharing child pornography online.

                A search of his home uncovered evidence that he was molesting children, including photographs of him in the act.

                Serge Duarte, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement deputy specialagent assigned to the task force said Bleyle told investigators he had molested so many children over the years that he had lost count.

                Bleyle worked at the hospital for 26 years, the last 10 at the convalescent center where the staff cared for seriously ill patients. He was fired after he was arrested March 8.
                Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.

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                • #9
                  Donovan noted that Bleyle had been molested when he was 12 years old and later developed an addiction to child pornography.
                  I know people who have been molested and raped and yet, they did not develop an addiction to this type of sickening activity. It comes to show that he knew what he was doing and he choices. He lived by the sword, and he will surely get his by the sword.

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