Ex-prosecutor to lead health care firm’s rape investigation

Ex-prosecutor to lead health care firm’s rape investigation
This Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 photo shows Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. The revelation that a Phoenix woman in a vegetative state recently gave birth has prompted Hacienda HealthCare CEO Bill Timmons to resign, putting a spotlight on the safety of long-term care settings for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) (Source: AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — The owner of a long term care facility in Arizona where a patient in a vegetative state was impregnated in a sexual assault has hired metro Phoenix's former longtime top prosecutor to review circumstances that led up to the rape.

Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley says Monday that the review he will conduct for Hacienda HealthCare will focus on procedures and management practices to ensure future patients don't suffer harm.

His review will occur as police examine who is responsible for the sexual assault.

The 29-year-old victim has been in a vegetative state since age 3 after a near drowning.

She gave birth Dec. 29.

Romley is known for leading a team of prosecutors who pressed cases against Catholic priests in a sex abuse scandal about 15 years ago.