Pinoy nurse accused of molesting senior patient nabbed in Canada

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Jan. 15, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Russel Olvena Torralba, a Filipino nurse, accused of molesting a 98-year old stroke victim in San Diego, was arrested in South Vancouver last week by Canada Border Services Agency, after a tip from U.S. marshals.

Torralba, who was working as a live-in caregiver for a disabled boy in Canada, is facing felony elder neglect and felony lewd conduct by a caregiver on a dependent adult in San Diego. The charges come from a shocking incident caught on video, showing Torralba and another Filipino nurse, co-accused Alfredo Ruiz, allegedly fondling each other, while touching the bed-ridden victim. One of the nurses was seen leaning his crotch onto the patient’s hand and kissing the woman’s face. The two men were also shown masturbating and performing oral sex on each other near the patient’s bed.

The abuse reportedly took place numerous times from February to March of 2011.

The pair were hired by the woman’s family to work in her San Diego home. The family’s attorney, William Berman, told local station, San Diego 6, that the nurses were hired through a company called AMS Home Care Solutions, which was never licensed by the California Department of Public Health to provide skilled nursing care.

Torralba reportedly took nursing at the Lorma School of Nursing in San Fernando, La Union while Ruiz finished his degree at the University of Cebu in Cebu City. Both finished in 1993.

San Diego Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood, head of the Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit, told Balitang America that Ruiz has pleaded not guilty and is out on bail. Torralba, on the other hand, has yet to enter a plea.

Greenwood said both Filipino nurses are expected to appear in a preliminary hearing on March 20.

Torralba and Ruiz could each spend 11 years in jail — if they are found guilty.

22 Comments on this post.

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  • citizen
    16 January 2014 at 6:50 am - Reply

    That’s disgusting to the Filipino. they used there work for this. worthless workers. Sorry for the school that you go to. now every body knows

  • JD
    16 January 2014 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I always said that filipinos in America do low class jobs, because look at they mentality ? It’s a shame look at the gays, I always said they sick look at the two gays what they doing, sick very sick ! To all the filipinos in America please wake-up your not in the philippines? Don’t bring your trash to America !

    • lovely
      16 January 2014 at 8:32 am - Reply

      JD i understand that you are upset because of this shameful act of this two individuals, but it is not also fair for all Filipinos to be judged and labeled just because of them. Most of us are here to work, and we do our job wholeheartedly with clear conscience. It is indeed sad that some people could do such shameful and evil acts especially towards people who are defenseless like this elderly woman. I am deeply saddened by this and i pray that this two individuals would come to their senses. Filipinos are kind and respectful individuals. we have high respect for our elderly.

      • pwe
        16 January 2014 at 10:32 am - Reply

        Shame on those two gay filipinos….

        • JD
          17 January 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

          @pwe yes shame of the two gays, and you forgot to mention Judge Judy as a gay ! Pwe good comment.

      • Judge Judy
        16 January 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

        And who are you to judge the Filipinos,yes they made a terrible mistake but not all Filipinos are like them, excuse me but don’t you think you should go back to Grade school for you to learn the English grammar. Lol

        • Judge Judy
          16 January 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

          That is for JD

          • JD
            17 January 2014 at 8:14 am -

            Hey Judge Judy who are you to talk look at the filipinos from philippines how they write they comments? Your are a ass hole stupid filipino from a poor country, look how sick your people is look, at the gays from philippines ? Hey did you ever travel around America to see how the Americans speak or write ? Oh your poor you can’t even buy a bus ticket to travel around ? So please think before you open you big mouth? Look at the the filipino live in America, they not perfect ? So Big Mouth Shut you Big Mouth !

          • JD
            17 January 2014 at 8:17 am -

            This is for Judge Judy the gay from philippines ? Go home idiot !

        • JD
          17 January 2014 at 8:26 am - Reply

          Judge Judy forgot to tell you, that your the trash that came from philippines ! What can you understand what I said or I have go to school to say that to you Big Mouth !

          • jie
            19 January 2014 at 4:52 pm -

            JA u r sick!

          • jie
            19 January 2014 at 4:53 pm -

            I mean JD

  • Kikay Pang0
    16 January 2014 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Two big mistake they made ,
    First ,They hired a Filipino
    Second, They hired another Filipino.

    • eric
      17 January 2014 at 5:00 pm - Reply

      well in all aspects pertaining to people, all over the world there are good people and there are bad people. not because they are Filipino, they are bad. and being poor doesn’t mean your evil and being rich doesn’t mean you are always doing good things. if you are an educated person from a non English speaking country and able to speak English and able to comment on this issue. try to ask yourself, are you clean to condemn other people just because of their race. they are judge base on their actions and not because they are filipino’s

  • Delia
    16 January 2014 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    So here we are, a dumbed down nation . America must clean up and sweep out all the evil do’ers .

  • jean
    17 January 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    So sad…I just can’t believe they can do that to there work place…so now they’re sorry for what they did..kind of too late now huh!!!

  • jean
    17 January 2014 at 9:37 am - Reply

    How sad this unthinkable things could happen to our kababayan…so now they’re sorry for what they have done..kind of too late now huh!!Nakakalungkot Lang talaga..

  • Jake
    18 January 2014 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Thats what happens if you hire illegal Filipinos. They bring Philippine mentality in the states. It’s very embarassing.

  • JD
    20 January 2014 at 11:12 am - Reply

    @Jie, look like your the other trash that came the philippine like Judge Judy ? Don’t call names if you don’t know who the person is, your not in Philippines, so don’t bring your trash to America ! Do you understand or do I have to write it in flilipino ?

  • Viva b
    25 February 2014 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Wonder if San Diego Reader reporter Eva Knott will defend the disgusting abusive nurses like she’s done in past cases where vulnerable victims were abused by nurses. OH, maybe not, since her infatuation with Michael Washington won’t play a part in her writing……

  • vybe
    6 April 2014 at 2:01 am - Reply

    We have seen many great nurses from Filipina descent work with our disabled daughter. Now, to think these two filipino men bring such SHAME ON THEIR COMMUNITY makes me sick! WEED out these scum. Do not ignore their evil deeds. Expose them. Bring them to justice if they refuse to make amends and take responsiblity for their actions.

  • vybe
    18 April 2014 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Don’t judge all the filipinos. There are plenty of other abusive caregivers of all races. The only way you will know if a caregiver or nurse is abusing your loved one is through video surveillance. These abusive caregivers are very sophisticated. They will falsify notes. They will say they gave meds they didn’t give. They will say they did treatments they didn’t give. They will say the patient hurt themselves when they are hurting the patient. You can’t catch these predators unless you have video surveillance on them. They are smart. They know how to cover their butts. Don’t let them get away with it. They will blame the patient. They especially take advantage of patients who can’t talk. They prey on the most vulnerable of the patients. Nail these scumbags. Get video surveillance. Protect your loved ones. Demand congress install video surveillance in every group home, every assisted living facility, every single place where a vulnerable person is because you can’t trust the caregivers and you can’t trust the home health agencies and you can’t trust the Dept. of Health or Dept. of Social Services to protect your loved ones, they will turn on you, they will do everything they can to protect themselves and not the person who is being neglected or abused. The point is if you are going to be a nurse, go into nursing because you CARE about people, not because you want a fat paycheck or want a kick back job. Go into nursing because you feel God has called you to be a voice for those who are sick, injured and needy and you have a special purpose here to help them. If not, get the hell out of nursing and go work another job.