(This story has been updated to include quotes from Prosecuting Attorney Mike Wood, as well as further details regarding the incident.)
Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Wood said the sexual abuse charges brought against a Wentzville man allegedly committed as an employee at Mercy-Lincoln Hospital in Troy was "unprecedented behavior for this type of community."
Ryan Williams, 39, has been charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of invasion of privacy for an incident that occurred at the hospital on Oct. 3.
According to a report released through a joint investigation by the Troy Police Department, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and Mercy-Lincoln, on Oct. 9, detectives met with a female who reported a sexual assualt happened to her at the hospital.
The female victim stated at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, her primary care physician called her in to Urgent Care, which was located within Mercy-Lincoln Hospital for a chest X-ray, then returned to her home.
Around five hours later, the victim was contacted by a male, who she believed to be the X-ray technician from Mercy-Lincoln. The caller told her to return to the hospital for another chest X-ray due to something of concern. The female victim stated she arrived back to the hospital shortly after receiving the call.
The report continues to say she did not register at the counter because Williams told her she had already registered earlier that afternoon. Williams then took her into the CT scan room, provided her with a gown, told her to undress and lie down on the table.
Once on the table, Williams lifted up her gown, exposing her chest and began placing stickers on her chest, according to the report. In the course of placing the stickers on her chest, Williams allegedly touched her exposed breast with his hands. Once the scan was completed, the female victim was directed to redress.
After the victim had redressed and entered the room, Williams was on the telephone, which she believed to be with her doctor. Williams showed her what she believed to be her CT scan, and explained what her doctor’s concerns were. The female victim was explained the doctor's concerns about her having lymphoma.
Once the conversation was over, Williams casually escorted her from the hospital, according to the report.
Two days later, the victim contacted her primary care physician to inquire about the CT scan, and was advised by her doctor there was no history of her having a CT scan. She was also advised Williams had accessed her personal medical records from the hospital’s system.
Further investigation revealed Williams had possessed other photos and scans of potential victims at the time of his arrest.
Wood said this is a case unlike any he - or any of his prosecutors - have ever seen.
"Never once," he said. "Not just here, but in my entire career, have I ever seen anything like this before."
Wood also said potentially there could be "quite a number of victims" attributed to Williams, who was an employee at Mercy-Hospital for four years, and additional charges are expected.
He is being held at the Lincoln County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond on the current charges.
"With the level of sophistication and forethought this defendant put into doing this, we're believing this defendant definitely has done this to other women - and we're reaching out to the public to help identify any potential victims," Wood said.
This is an ongoing investigation among the Troy Police, Mercy-Lincoln and the County Prosecutor's Office. Anyone with information, or who had contact with Williams at Mercy-Lincoln should contact the Troy Police Department at (636) 528-4725.
(All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)