Former Stanford worker allegedly groped patients

A former Stanford Hospital employee was arrested Monday after he allegedly groped patients at a surgical center in Redwood City while they were under anesthesia, police said.

Police said they arrested Fremont resident Robert Lastinger, a 55-year-old operating room technician, on suspicion of four counts of sexual battery and booked him into San Mateo County Jail.

His arrest came after employees at Stanford Hospital’s Outpatient Surgery Center reported seeing him inappropriately touch male patients while they were recovering from anesthesia.

The hospital reported the allegations to police on April 2 and Lastinger has been on leave since that date, police said.

Police have so far identified four victims that Lastinger allegedly sexually battered between March 15 and April 2.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Dave Cirina at (650) 780-7607 or Detective Glenn Albin at (650) 780-7141.