Brazilian anesthesiologist, Giovanni Quintella Bezerra, was arrested on July 10th after one of his co-workers secretly filmed him orally raping a woman as she gave birth via cesarean section.
The hospital’s staff were concerned about Giovanni, and had a few legitimate reasons. He had just graduated from medical school about two months ago and they speculated he was administering too much anesthesia to the patients and began to get suspicious when the pregnant mothers couldn’t even hold their own babies after they delivered.
The hospital staff members set up a hidden camera during Giovanni’s third cesarean-like procedure. At that point, even his positioning near patients during surgeries had caused concern. Giovanni was captured (on camera) sexually assaulting the pregnant mother by allegedly shoving his p€nis into her mouth. The other medical professionals performed their actual jobs on the other side of a surgical curtain. When a nurse tried to get close, he allegedly used intimidation tactics to keep her from seeing what he was really doing.
While the filmed victim was under the influence of sedatives, she does recall the attack. However, she believed she was hallucinating or dreaming. Her husband did not learn about his wife’s assault until the arrest news broke on television. He was asked to leave the room during the procedure.
Police collected the used gauze, vials of sedative used, and Giovanni’s phone as evidence.
“He is resourceful, does not show much concern when committing the crime…there is an abuse of power,”~ Federal police head, Barbara Lomba
At least six women have come forward with additional assault accusations and Giovanni’s custody hearing took place on Tuesday. The judge didn’t hold back and ruled indefinite detention in solitary confinement. This ruling will remain in place until the end of the police investigation. Additionally, officials will review his custody every 90 days to see if police need more time. If convicted on rape charges, Giovanni faces between 8-15 years in prison.
The anesthesiologist is locked away inside Brazil’s “largest prison complex,” per The Daily Mail. Television cameras captured inmates booing and yelling in his direction as he entered the prison on Tuesday night.