NH Hospital Tech To Plead Guilty In Hepatitis C Health Scare

By Michael Rosenfield, WBZ-TV

EXETER, NH (CBS) – Court documents obtained by WBZ-TV show that David Kwiatkowski will plead guilty in the nationwide Hepatitis C health scare.

The hospital technician worked in several medical facilities including Exeter Hospital in New Hampshire.

In the plea deal, Kwiatkowski, who had the debilitating illness, admits to stealing syringes, injecting himself, and then using the now-infected syringes on patients. Court paperwork shows he will plead guilty to 14 drug and tampering charges. Prosecutors want him to spend 30 to 40 years in prison.

Kwiatkowski’s alleged actions caused a major health scare across the country, and thousands had to be tested.

“He’s a con artist,” said attorney Daniel Corley of the McGrath Law firm which is representing about 200 patients who have filed lawsuits against various hospitals and staffing agencies. “It’s going to change the way things are done in the medical industry.”

WBZ-TV spoke to one of the victims on the phone today who did not want his name used.

“I think he’s a pretty disgusting man,” said the 51-year-old victim. “What he did to us, every one of us.”

The New Hampshire grandfather tested positive for Hepatitis C and now limits contact with family and friends.

“That’s what I’m afraid of, I don’t want to give it to them,” he said. “They don’t deserve it you know. I didn’t deserve it or anybody else, you’ve got to be cautious with everybody.”

Kwiatkowski is expected to plead guilty tomorrow at federal court in Concord, New Hampshire.

Attorneys representing Kwiatkowski did not return a call for comment Tuesday.

Prosecutors told WBZ-TV they would comment after the hearing.

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