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Aug 14, 2013 11:40 AM by Associated Press

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 last year has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in New Hampshire.

David Kwiatkowski (kwiht-KOW'-skee) faces 30 to 40 years in prison at sentencing, which was set for Dec. 3. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to 14 charges of drug theft and tampering.

He was accused of stealing painkiller syringes from Exeter Hospital and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood.

Originally from Michigan, Kwiatkowski worked in 18 hospitals in seven states before being hired in New Hampshire in 2011. Forty-six people in four states have been diagnosed with the same strain of hepatitis C he carries.

The 34-year-old Kwiatkowski told the judge he was addicted to drugs and alcohol and was recently diagnosed with depression.

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