Published: Apr 29, 2014 10:34 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 29, 2014 11:03 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Benjamin Bland stood before a Lee county judge on Monday and pleaded guilty to 2 counts of "sexual misconduct" with patients at Park Royal Hospital in Fort Myers while he was an employee there. WINK News spoke exclusively to several of the patients shortly after Bland was arrested in 2013. They described Bland coming into their rooms, exposing himself, touching them inappropriately and in some cases having intercourse with them against their will. Many say they feared coming forward because they were being treated for mental issues and felt no one would believe them. In Bland's plea, he admitted to inappropriate sexual encounters with 2 patients. Bland will spend the next 5 years in jail and then 5 years on probation. The charge will not require him to register as a sex offender when he is released.