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Exeter 'Serial Infector' Pleads Guilty

Former Exeter Hospital worker David Kwiatkowski admitted to spreading his hepatitis C to 32 patients through a drug diversion scheme.

David Kwiatkowski.
David Kwiatkowski.
David Kwiatkowski, the former medical technician charged with spreading his hepatitis C to 32 Exeter Hospital patients, pleaded guilty to a host of charges in federal court Wednesday morning.

Kwiatkowski, 34, agreed to a plea deal that includes a prison sentence between 30 and 40 years.

"I'm guilty," Kwiatkowski told Judge Joseph Laplante in U.S. District Court in Concord.

Prosecutors said Kwiatkowski, who has hepatitis C, shot himself up with patients' medication to get high. He then replaced syringes with saline to make them appear untouched. Those tainted syringes were then used on unsuspecting patients.

One of the 32 victims also spread the hepatitis C strain to another person through sexual contact, prosecutors said.

Hepatitis C is a potentially deadly liver disease.

Kwiatkowski on Wednesday agreed pleaded guilty seven counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud and seven counts of tampering with a consumer product. He also agreed to possibly pay restitution to the victims.

Kwiatkowski, who grew up in Michigan, was a "traveler," a medical technician who worked at hospitals across the country. In addition to the Exeter victims, authorities said he likely infected dozens more patients. A patient in Kansas died after contracting hepatitis C from Kwiatkowski, prosecutors said.

Kwiatkowski's plea deal also includes a promise that he will not be charged with more crimes related to the outbreak in other states.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas called Kwiatkowski a "serial infector."

"This development marks another step on the road to justice for this defendant and for his many victims," Kacavas said at a news conference following Kwiatkowski's court appearance. "Tragically, for his victims, the defendant’s admissions of guilt are too little, too late."

Kacavas said the investigation into the outbreak will continue. He did not rule out the possibility of criminal charges against Exeter Hospital, which is facing lawsuits filed by some of the victims.

Kwiatkowski's sentencing was set for December 3. He will be jailed until that date.

Kwiatkowski said little in court Wednesday. He told the judge he has a history of addiction to opiates, cocaine, and alcohol. He also said he suffers from depression and has been taking lithium to deal with it.

Read court documents laying out the case against Kwiatkowski.
kim August 14, 2013 at 03:16 PM
are you kidding me, he will be sentenced to 20 to 30 years, He should get life and he should have been charged with murder and attempted murder:......... A patient in Kansas died after contracting hepatitis C from Kwiatkowski, prosecutors said. and I want to add, he should serve his time in a STATE prison, not a federal one!
D. Rimkunas August 14, 2013 at 08:40 PM
In another article, I read that Kwiatowski was hired from an outside agency that provides outsourced workers. This raises lots of concerns about “outsourced” employees. How are credentials checked? How are employees monitored and who performs the monitoring? Perhaps we should go back to having full-time employees in this country. Paying a decent wage and providing job security usually results in a more desirable and more loyal employee.
Angela Smith August 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM
I agree with both of the previous posters. This man shouldn't be in a federal prison, and should have NEVER been allowed to negotiate ANY kind of plea agreement if his actions resulted in a patient becoming infected, and moreso, causing an actual death. Completing an action that you know has the potential to harm someone and/or has the potential to even kill.. should be nothing less than what it is.. attempted MURDER. This man is as guitly of murder as someone who stabs a person and then the subsequent infection kills him. This is outrageous that he only gets 30 or 40 years. Hep C and its symptomology as it progresses can lead to pain and discomfort and of course death, and the fear or transmission to someone else if blood is present outside the body. These are things that all these innocent persons who contracted this disease from this maniac must deal with every single day. He's a danger to society, and should be locked away like thie animal he is. Excuse me, even animals aren't so cruel to each other.
M. Clavette August 15, 2013 at 01:56 PM
no 30 to 40 years in a federal prison does not seem like much but he will do 30 to 40 years!!! if he was given state time he would be back out in about 10 years........ No in some ways its not fair , the good part is the sun will always shine on us....there is a cure that will be available in a short time.....We get to spend time with our friends and family and still carry on our lives and dreams......no its not fair in some ways but at least mine wont be spent in a 6x8 concrete room for my last 40 years!!!
Claudia Cruz August 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM
This is the first I hear of this. How awful! I just learned about this type of medical staff. I know someone at Stanford Hospital who is a contracted nurse.

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