Tampa PD: Hospital pharmacist charged with sexual battery, accused of drugging and raping woman

Tampa Police arrested a hospital pharmacist on charges of sexual battery after a woman claimed she was drugged and raped in his Tampa apartment on 12th Street North.

According to arrest documents, 27-year-old Robert Woods met the victim on the dating Tinder dating app. The two initially had a drink at the bar on the first floor of his apartment building before going up to his room where he told the victim he was having a party. Arrest documents say there was nobody else in the apartment, he gave the victim a shot, she stepped on his 18th floor balcony to have a cigarette and blacked out.

The arrest document goes on to say the victim woke up naked in Woods' bed and that he "admitted to the victim that he had sex with the victim, to which the victim advised she did not recall anything."  He then told the victim, "that's okay." The arrest document states that Woods then "had sex once again with the victim," and goes on to say that the victim was advised that she was still inebriated from whatever substance was in her system at that time.

After leaving his apartment, the victim went to the hospital. She sent Woods a message asking what he had given her, according to the arrest affidavit. Woods responded by saying "Are you alive?" When the victim said "Barely alive," he stopped his communication.

A search warrant served at his apartment recovered several types of pills and prescription drugs and numerous hypodermic syringes. Most of the pills were stored in unmarked prescription bottles and clear plastic baggies. The victim also discovered what appeared to be two injection sites on her neck.

Woods has been a pharmacist at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa since July. A spokesperson for the hospital says they're taking the accusations very serious and are cooperating with investigators. She could not comment about any discipline that may or may not be levied against Woods. It's not clear if he had obtained any drugs from the hospital either.

Woods also completed a year long residency program at Tampa General Hospital in June. A TGH spokesperson said there were no complaints against him during his residency and there is no reason to believe he did anything wrong while working there.

According to his biography on the Tampa General Hospital website, Woods "developed and implemented a prospective pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy associated with a novel combination of ketamine and dexmedetomidine for adult procedural sedation in the emergency department," while he was an emergency intern in Youngstown, Ohio.
 

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