...she didn't know the man who walked into her room at the Hospital, holding a box of chocolates under one arm....
It was the afternoon of March 4, the woman recalled. She had gone to the emergency room because of a blood sugar problem and eventually was transferred to a private room.
She was starting to drift off to sleep when 52-year-old Rochester Terrell - wearing a leather jacket over a collared shirt and dress pants - walked up to her bed and offered her the gold-and-yellow box of chocolates.
"I told him, 'no, I'm a diabetic,' " she recalled.
Discreetly, so he wouldn't see, she tried to press the button that would call a nurse. But instead, the television changed channels.
"I kept asking him who he wanted to see, and he said: 'Just anybody,' " the woman said.
Terrell, of Lansing, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, was sentenced Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court to 16 months to three years in prison. His attorney, Kelly Fletcher, declined to comment.
The woman described the incident in a telephone interview after the sentence hearing. The Lansing State Journal does not identify victims of sexual crimes.
Eventually, the woman said Terrell touched her inappropriately and then tried to lift up her dress.
At that point, she didn't care if he saw her press the button to call the nurse.
When the nurse answered, "I told her to get in (the room) real quick," the woman said.
Terrell, the woman recalled, "looked at me and said, 'Why?' Then he said, 'OK,' picked up his stuff and walked out."
Within minutes, hospital security apprehended Terrell, Sparrow Hospital spokesman John Berg said.
The incident has led to a review of security procedures, Berg said. A task force has looked at the incident and recommended changes.
Terrell was not wearing an identification badge, Berg said. Hospital staff have been asked to be more aware of visitors in their area, particularly people without badges, he said.
"We're asking associates to ask questions, ask people if they are visiting, to check in and get a visitor's badge," Berg said, adding that the incident is the first of its kind in recent memory.
"Our security has a fairly active presence," Berg added. "The question is, how do we improve that?"
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