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Ex-nurse facing new allegations of producing child pornography

Daniel Ratner already charged with sex abuse against medically incapacited patient
By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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FOLSOM, CA - A Folsom nurse facing charges of sexual battery was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury last week on charges of producing child pornography.

The indictment alleges that in May 2011, Daniel Ratner, 45, attempted to produce visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The indictment also alleges that between Aug. 1 and Nov. 23, 2012, Ratner attempted to produce, and did in fact produce child pornography involving the same minor, and between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 2012, he attempted to produce visual depictions of six additional minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Ratner was initially arrested in late November by Folsom police and charged with suspicion of sexually abusing one of his patients and photographing the unnamed victim in compromising positions without her knowledge.

He was arrested for a second time Jan. 18 and charged with suspicion of possession of child pornography.

Ratner had worked at Mercy Hospital of Folsom. He has since been fired from his position.

Court documents, filed in Sacramento Superior Court, claim Ratner sexually assaulted a patient of Folsom Mercy who couldn’t care for herself.

The document states Ratner “willfully and unlawfully touched an intimate part of Jane Doe (the unnamed patient) while she was medically incapacitated.”

The complaint goes on to state Ratner did so “for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification and sexual abuse.”

Ratner also took photos or filmed an unnamed subject in a stage of undress without the individual’s knowledge or consent.

He has been charged with sex felony counts including sexual abuse in that case.

According to court documents, he now faces two additional felony charges including possession of child pornography and “knowingly using a minor” to assist with “obscene matter.”

If convicted, Ratner faces a maximum statutory penalty for each count of 15 to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years to a lifetime term of supervised release.

Ratner was in custody as of press time in lieu of $500,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 8 in Sacramento Superior Court.