Man accused of heinous crime in hospital due in court 

The man charged with brutally raping a quadriplegic patient during his stay at San Francisco General Hospital on June 5 pleaded not guilty Friday and was due back in court to set a preliminary hearing date Monday, prosecutors said.

Irving Jovel, 49, is accused of sexually assaulting the incapacitated patient — a 52-year-old man with limited ability to communicate — in the victim’s room, prosecutors said.

The victim was reportedly discovered by his wife six hours after the attack.

Jovel is charged with four felonies, including forced sodomy and forced digital penetration.

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