Police say nurse videotaped sex abuse of patients under anesthesia

By Calvin Palmer

A nurse anesthetist in Georgia is being held in jail without bond after videotapes he took of patients under anesthetic showed one of his victims to be a juvenile.

Paul Patrick Serdula, 47, of Marietta, was arrested earlier this week on child molestation and sodomy charges after a juvenile was identified as an alleged victim, police said.

Serdula was initially arrested last week on three counts of unlawful surveillance of patients at a dental office.

The new charges include aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery stemming from an alleged incident on July 29, and aggravated sodomy allegedly committed on September 16.

Sgt Dana Pierce of Cobb County police said the investigation is continuing and more charges are likely as additional victims come forward.

“We expect as many as 100,” Pierce said.

A search of Serdula’s home led to electronic recording devices and hundreds of videos being seized. The videos showed “inappropriate criminal conduct” against people who were under anesthesia at various offices.

The investigation began when a woman spotted a video recording device in the bathroom at her dental office. She immediately called 911.

“We are looking at tapes not only from the incident that occurred at the dental office, but also other incidents that are recorded that we are trying to find the location of that criminal activity as well as identify the victims,” Pierce said.

Serdula, a contracted nurse anesthetist, did not work directly for any dental or medical physician but may have been employed at numerous medical facilities.

He was issued with a nursing license in 1997, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office and was previously licensed in Florida.

[Based on reports by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Associated Press.]

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