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Woman Sexually Assaulted By Former PRMC Employee, Finally Speaks Out

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SALISBURY, Md. - After nine years of emotional turmoil, tears spilled out, as Barbara Pracko faced her attacker.

It was the first time, since this nightmare began in 2004, when she was in a serious motorcycle crash.

"My arms left ankle was crushed, and both of my arms were crushed," she said.

It was at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, she says, she encountered nursing assistant Joel Monfort.

"I just asked for a little bath, and he violated me. He did the things that he should not have done, groping at me, fingers everywhere. It was just hard to push him off of me, I just told him to please stop," said Barbara recounting the details.

A knock at the door ended the ordeal. She says she told nurses, who in turn removed any male worker from her case. According to Barbara, the hospital never notified police about the incident.

"I had to spend 62 days there trying to get well, but feeling like the guilty party," she said.

Instead Barbara shared her horrifying experience with a grief counselor, who finally encouraged her to report it.

Monfort was arrested last year. On Wednesday he entered an Alford plea to second degree assault, not admitting his guilt, but that there was enough evidence to convict him. He'll serve just four years of supervised probation.

Cameras were rolling as Monfort left the courthouse in Salisbury. WMDT's Alyana Gomez asked him if he felt bad about what he did. His response was "I'm ok. I'm fine. I'm fine."

Jail time is what Barbara says he deserves, but says closure is her form of justice.

"I am a victim and hopefully more women will come forward 5, 10, 15 years from now we're telling the truth," said Barbara.

Monfort was convicted of assault in 2001 for groping a woman's breast. Barbara says the detective found that PRMC never did a background check before hiring him, which is why she says she plans to take legal action against the hospital.

"We still hold PRMC accountable for their irresponsible actions for hiring someone that was convicted," said Barbara's husband, John Pracko.

WMDT reached out to PRMC for comment on that matter, and this is the hospital's response:

"Prior to 2005 Peninsula Regional Medical Center performed criminal background checks on employees who would be working in certain specific areas of the Medical Center. Since 2005 the Medical Center has been doing criminal background checks on all employees.

Two years later, in 2007, the Maryland Board of Nursing began requiring criminal background checks for all new state licensure applicants. The Medical Center expanded the criminal background checks in 2008 to include all volunteers and contractors who would be on our campus.

We are fully committed to protecting the safety of our patients and our employees. "

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