News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Nursing Assistant Arrested for Sexual Assault at Medical Facility
Contact : Janine De la Vega, Public Affairs Manager    6503292103

Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a nursing assistant this morning for sexually assaulting one of the female patients at a care facility.

On Monday, June 10, 2019 at 3:30 p.m., our 24-hour dispatch center received a report from an employee of Webster House Medical Center located at 437 Webster Street that one of their patients had reported she had been sexually assaulted by a nurse who had been caring for her. The 24-hour nursing and supportive care facility is used by patients who need short and long term rehabilitation.

The investigation revealed that the male nursing assistant had entered the victim’s room on Sunday, June 9 to check on her. The female patient in her 70s was recovering from a previous surgery and required assistance. During the encounter, the suspect drew the privacy curtains around the bed and sexually assaulted her.

Detectives investigated and obtained a warrant for the suspect’s arrest. Police arrested 63-year-old Jeremias Frago-Rodriguez of East Palo Alto this morning at the Palo Alto Police Department. He was booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail for rape, sexual penetration, oral copulation, sexual battery (all felonies), and elder abuse (misdemeanor). His booking photo is attached to this news release.

Detectives are unaware of any additional victims, but are actively investigating.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or