A hospital worker in Arlington County pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping a patient in the emergency department at Virginia Hospital Center.

A 37-year-old woman was out drinking with a friend in Arlington on the night of Jan. 12, Commonwealth Attorney Theo Stamos said in circuit court. Leaving the bar, she fell down from intoxication and medics were called to bring her to the emergency room. While her memory is spotty, Stamos said, the victim remembered getting a CT scan and then discovering “someone was having sexual intercourse with her,” Stamos said. Police said she contacted authorities shortly after the assault occurred early on the morning of Jan. 13.

Roy Anthony Jones, 30, of Washington, was the technician who performed the CT scan. Jones initially denied the rape, Stamos said, but was matched to the crime by DNA evidence.

A plea agreement between Jones and prosecutors would cap his punishment at 18 years in prison. However, a judge will determine his sentence and can choose to reject that agreement. Jones’s defense attorney is requesting a medical furlough to have his client evaluated before sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 24.

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