Traveling Hospital Tech Pleads Guilty In Hepatitis C Outbreak

CONCORD, N.H. (August 14, 2013)--Traveling hospital technician David Kwiatkowski, who’s accused of causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C last year, has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in New Hampshire.

Kwiatkowski faces 30 to 40 years in prison at sentencing, which is set for Dec. 3.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to 14 charges of drug theft and tampering.

He was accused of stealing painkiller syringes from Exeter Hospital and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

Originally from Michigan, Kwiatkowski worked in 18 hospitals in seven states before he was hired in 2011 in New Hampshire.

Forty-six people in four states have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries.

Kwiatkowski, 34, told the judge he was addicted to drugs and alcohol and was recently diagnosed with depression.

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