A former hospital technician was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and time in county jail after he admitted to committing a lewd act with a patient under his care.

Daniel I. Alawoya, a former tech at Patton State Hospital near Highland, was sentenced by Judge Robert J. Lemkau under the terms of a plea bargain reached Aug. 26 in San Bernardino Superior Court.

Alawoya, 58, was arrested in March after a transgender male patient alleged the defendant forcefully had sex with him. DNA evidence from the patient's under clothing matched Alawoya, according to a Probation Department pre-sentencing report.

The Sun does not report the names of victims of sexual offenses.

The victim was walking to the bathroom Jan. 29 when Alawoya called him over, according to the victim's interview with authorities, as noted in the probation report.

"If you scream, I'll kill you," the victim said Alawoya told him while choking him. The sexual activity lasted between 15 and 40 minutes.

The victim's roommate reported the incident two days later.

When asked by a Probation Department officer for a statement last month, Alawoya asked to postpone it until after "everything is final."

The defendant broke the trust placed on him by society, according to the Probation Department.

"His position of authority makes this offense more egregious than other similar offenses," according to the probation report.

Alawoya had no prior record.

Under the agreement with prosecutors, Alawoya pleaded guilty to one count of committing a lewd and lascivious act upon a dependant adult. In addition to probation, Alawoya received 295 days in county jail.

With credit for time already served plus conduct credits, the defendant's lawyer, Ron Powell, said his client only had about two weeks left to serve in custody.

However, Alawoya now has an immigration hold on him and faces deportation to his native Nigeria at the completion of his sentence.

The defendant plans to fight deportation, his lawyer said after the court hearing.

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