NEW YORK (AP) — An X-ray technician has been charged with molesting a patient at a New York City hospital.

Sylvester Chase was arraigned Monday on a sexual abuse charge. His lawyer calls the allegations baseless.

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A court complaint says the woman reported she’d been abused while asleep during an X-ray Sunday at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Chase was charged under a state law against sexual contact with someone who’s “physically helpless.”

Defense lawyer John Russo said the X-ray was administered in a busy radiology area. He questioned the reliability of the woman’s account of events that allegedly transpired while she slept.

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Manhattan prosecutors declined to comment on their evidence in the case.

The 41-year-old Chase has been suspended from his job.

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