09/12/2012 03:19 pm ET Updated Sep 13, 2012

Luis Alfonso Lucero, Nurse Tech At Kendall Regional, Arrested Again For Sexual Assault On Patient

A former nurse technician at Kendall Regional Medical Center was arrested a second time in less than a month for sexually assaulting a patient under his care.

Luis Alfonso Lucero, 37, of Hialeah was arrested on Sept. 10 for the sexual assault of a 43-year-old female patient at Kendall Regional Medical Center, according to Miami-Dade Police.

According to the arrest affidavit, the woman was at the hospital for surgery on Aug 20 when Lucero digitally penetrated her vagina and rectum.

The alleged assault took place before Lucero was taken into custody on Aug. 28 for the assault of a female patient on Aug. 2. The first victim was in the hospital under a Baker Act and for alcohol intoxication when she was raped in the hospital room, prompting investigators to search for additional victims.

Lucero reportedly told police that the sex was consensual.

In a statement, hospital staff said that Lucero was fired after the first arrest, reaching out to the police as soon as they were aware of the first incident.

“We conduct thorough background checks on all employees,” hospital officials said. “Our paramount goal is to ensure protection of our patients and we absolutely will not tolerate inappropriate action.”