Imagine taking your daughter to the hospital for some routine blood work. She’s in there with the phlebotomist giving blood to a person we’re supposed to trust.
Then he slips a hand along her body on the outside of her clothes. It wasn’t accidental. It wasn’t an elbow graze done as he was working on the blood draw.
The phlebotomist touched her on purpose in places she did not want to be touched. This lab technician in Plano, Texas, was supposed to be someone we could all trust. She trusted him with sharp surgical tools to remove blood from her body, but as the other hand grazed her young body, she knew it wasn’t accidental.
She knew it was wrong. She’s having blood drawn by one hand, body fondled by another. She’s scared. The person she’s supposed to trust is abusing her and she can’t do anything because she’s too worried about the blood pouring into a test tube.
He finishes and sends her home.
Her and five other girls all experienced the same physically sexual abuse from a phlebotomist in Plano, Texas.
Finally the girls, all six of them, spoke up and the man is off to prison.
A phlebotomist who worked for Children’s Medical Center Plano was sentenced to 19 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to inappropriately touching six teenage patients.
Mohammad Ali, 46, pleaded guilty on Feb. 24 to seven counts of indecency with a child, according to Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
“This perpetrator preyed upon young teenage girls who trusted him to do his job right,” Willis said in a news release. “In the end, it was the courage of these very girls that helped us catch him and hold him accountable. He won’t be preying on any more children.”
His terror doesn’t stop when he’s behind bars.
These helpless teenage victims are left mentally scarred, wondering if the next time they’re in for routine blood work or giving donations after school will lead to the same thing. Will they be inappropriately touched and fondled again?
They’re left with anxiety and trust issues.
They’re left with a dark hole where a bright light should shine.