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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --Two employees at Saint Francis Hospital in Tennessee have been charged after the victim’s family says she was raped while getting treatment for suicidal thoughts, according to WREG.

Police have arrested and charged the two men involved, Nigel Johnson and Jarvis Beck, each with statutory rape by a person in a position of authority.

“When you allow your daughter to enter a facility, you hope they’re safe," attorney Parke Morris said of his client's situation. “These two gentlemen both took turns having sex with this girl repeatedly. It wasn’t one time."

Police arrested Johnson, 30, and Beck, 31, in July.

A former employee said she saw the inappropriate interactions going on and her co-workers warned hospital management about it.

She also said the hospital didn’t have enough staff.

“If you had a male employee, they couldn’t be in a room by themselves with a female patient. That was violated repeatedly,” Morris said.

“That led to a situation where a male employee was allowed in a one-on-one situation with a female patient. It created an opportunity for this to occur."

WREG asked hospital officials whether they had any warnings from employees and if there are other potential victims.

A hospital spokesman would only confirm that Johnson and Beck are no longer employees. The said it could not comment further because of pending litigation.

The victim’s mother got a similar answer.

“She got stonewalled for lack of better way of putting it," Morris said.

But Morris said they hadn't filed a lawsuit, disputing the existence of any "pending litigation." In fact, he said the only case in court right now involved the criminal charges from police.

Johnson's attorney did not return calls. The attorney for the victim said they have reason to believe there are more victims.

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