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Tech pleads guilty in NH in hepatitis C outbreak
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A traveling hospital technician accused of causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in New Hampshire.
David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) agreed to plead guilty to 14 drug theft and tampering charges in New Hampshire and two in Kansas in exchange for a 30- to 40-year prison sentence. He will be sentenced Dec. 3.
Kwiatkowski was accused of stealing painkiller syringes from Exeter Hospital and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said the guilty pleas are too little, too late given the harm Kwiatkowski caused.
A Michigan native, Kwiatkowski worked in 18 hospitals in eight states before his arrest last year. Forty-six people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries.