updated 4/16/2006 12:11:09 AM ET 2006-04-16T04:11:09

Police have charged a 32-year-old male nurse with molesting a patient of a children’s hospital, the second time this year an employee at the facility has been arrested on sex abuse allegations, officials said Saturday.

Christopher Alan Irvin of San Diego was arrested Friday on two counts of lewd acts on a child and child pornography charges, authorities said.

Irvin had worked since October 2004 at the intensive care unit of the Children’s Hospital and Health Center San Diego.

Police said the alleged molestation occurred last year but declined to provide further details.

Irvin, who remained in jail, was scheduled be arraigned Tuesday.

Assistant Police Chief Cheryl Meyers said the investigation continues and she could not rule out the possibility of additional victims.

Hundreds of child porn images were found on Irvin’s personal computer following an April 12 search of his home, Meyers said. No images of patients had been found in the files at this point, she added.

“Words cannot express how furious we are that this could happen at Children’s Hospital,” said Blair Sadler, the hospital’s president and chief executive.

A respiratory therapist at the hospital charged with molesting brain-damaged patients was taken into custody in March and pleaded not guilty.

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