Former nurse, jiu-jitsu instructor sentenced for raping young student at Halifax Hospital

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A former nurse at Halifax Health is headed to jail after being convicted and sentenced for raping a young woman at the hospital.


Now 58-year-old Joel Theodore Gingery faced up to 30 years in prison after a Volusia County jury found him guilty of two counts of sexual battery back in March.

Gingery, who was also a jiu-jitsu instructor and owner of Trident Jiu-Jitsu in Ormond Beach, was working a shift at Halifax on August 22, 2022, when he lured one of his jiu-jitsu students to the hospital under the guise of wanting to help her with the costs of her training.

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However, when the 18-year-old victim arrived, investigators say Gingery took her into an on-call room, barricaded the door shut with a table, and raped her.

“The defendant is especially detestable,” State Attorney R.J. Larizza said in a statement about Gingery after the verdict was announced. “He lured an impressionable young girl who trusted him. I hope our victim finds some solace in his conviction.”

During a hearing Monday afternoon, Judge Elizabeth Blackburn sentenced Gingery to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of sex offender probation.

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The case was investigated by the Daytona Beach Police Department.

Assistant State Attorneys Helen Schwartz and Nancy Simpson successfully tried the case for the state.

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