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 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 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.
Kwiatkowski worked in 18 hospitals before his arrest last year. Forty-six people have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries. Six Kansas patients were infected and one person died.