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A healthcare assistant has been charged over the rape of a patient at a hospital.
Sajin Kunjappu Panikkassery, 29, of Langton Road, Chichester, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of rape of a woman patient at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, on 10 January.
Panikkassery has been kept in police custody to appear before Worthing Magistrates Court tomorrow.
The victim, a woman in her 20s, is receiving help and support and is no longer at the hospital.
Police are receiving full co-operation from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.
A healthcare worker has been arrested on suspicion of raping a hospital patient.
A 29-year-old man was detained following a complaint by a woman in her 20s at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex.
The suspect from Chichester was arrested at around 9pm on Thursday evening and has been suspended from work.
He remains in custody where he is being interviewed, police said.
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust said: "The Trust is cooperating fully with the police enquiry but is unable to make any further comment while the investigation is ongoing."