NEW PORT RICHEY — After charging a sleep study technician with sexual battery, New Port Richey and Zephyrhills police detectives want to hear from any other study subjects who might have been abused.
In a news release issued Oct. 1, the police departments said Andrew Chickoree, 52, had been arrested on one count each of sexual battery and battery. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation by New Port Richey and Zephyrhills police.
Chickoree, according to police, was employed as a technician administering studies at sleep centers in New Port Richey and Zephyrhills. Women taking part in sleep studies at the centers told police that Chickoree had touched them in a sexual manner during the studies he was administering.
Chickoree is no longer working at the sleep centers, police said.
Although Chickoree has only been charged with one count each of sexual battery and battery, investigators say they suspect there are other victims. They are asking anyone who took part in a sleep study administered by Chickoree and suspects he engaged in improper conduct to telephone Detective Eddie Campbell of the New Port Richey Police Department at 727-232-8902 or Detective John Oleson of the Zephyrhills Police Department at 813-780-0050.