The former Exeter Hospital worker accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C was in federal court on Dec. 3, facing 14 more charges lodged against him by prosecutors.
David Kwiatkowski pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to seven counts of tampering with a consumer product and seven counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, specifically, fentanyl, a synthetic opiate. He waived a detention hearing and was taken away in handcuffs and chains by U.S. Marshals after a short arraignment.
In paperwork submitted to the court, Kwiatkowski requested an attorney and Judge Judith Dein assigned Bjorn Lange and Jonathan Saxe to represent him, after explaining Kwiatkowski his right to remain silent and right to counsel.
Prosecutor John Farley requested a “fast track” case adding that he expected the case to last about three weeks. Dein set a court date for Feb. 5, 2013.
Farley offered no comment outside of the courtroom after the arraignment.
Lange had other cases after the Kwiatkowski arraignment and was not available for comment.
Kwiatkowski is accused of infecting more than 30 people with hepatitis C. He faces 98 years in prison and up to $3.5 million in fines for his alleged crimes.
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