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Mental patient accused of touching minors charged with groping nurse
October 17, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Daniel Mark Brickman

A psychiatric patient accused of inappropriately touching three minors in San Carlos after walking away from his facility is now charged with groping a nurse — behavior similar to that which landed him in mental care originally.

Daniel Mark Brickman, 50, is being held at the San Mateo Medical Center psychiatric unit while awaiting competency proceedings in the San Carlos incidents. On Sunday, Oct. 13, Brickman allegedly exited his room clad only in boxers and refused a nurse order to return.

Prosecutors say he lunged at the nurse who went behind a computer terminal while a second nurse repeated the order. He allegedly pushed the second woman up against the wall and groped her breast with both hands. When a security guard pulled him off her, they fell to the ground fighting until others could control Brickman, according to prosecutors.

The guard fractured his fibula.

The alleged incident echoed several weeks in February 2010 when Brickman fondled and grabbed at three nurses, used “sexually coarse” language toward the staff and, on five occasions, masturbated in public areas of the San Mateo Medical Center psychiatric unit. On Feb. 25, 2010, Brickman grabbed a 20-year-old female psychiatric patient and attempted to sexually assault her until staff forcibly pulled him off the woman, according to prosecutors.

In 2010, Brickman was convicted of indecent exposure but the next year a judge and prosecutors agreed to change it to a count of annoying a minor so that he could avoid sex offender registration and remained housed in a locked psychiatric facility. Brickman was housed in such a place but later transferred to Cordilleras Mental Health Center in Redwood City where he eventually was placed in an unlocked portion and reportedly went off his medication and left.

On Oct. 3, Brickman was arrested after allegedly walked into a San Carlos frozen yogurt shop and touched a 7-year-old boy’s bicep and his 4-year-old sister’s face. When the mother called for help, Brickman reportedly fled and outside the store grabbed a 16-year-old girl’s buttocks.

Brickman’s charges in the two cases include sexual battery, battery, false imprisonment and assault charges in the two cases.

The felony assault charge for the alleged breaking of the guard’s leg means if Brinkman is deemed incompetent he will be sent to Napa State Hospital rather than back to a local facility, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He remains in custody.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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