Federal prosecutors say it could take a year or more before a trial in the Hepatitis C outbreak case begins. On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted 33-year old David Kwiatkowski on 14 charges, including tampering with a consumer product.
The former Exeter Hospital employee is accused of stealing syringes of a powerful pain medication, injecting himself, and then reusing the needles on patients.
U.S. Attorney John Kacavas says the FBI and members of law enforcement continue to investigate the case.
"This indictment by the grand jury really just signals another step in the process. It’s a long way from over…we still have work to do."
An attorney for Kwiatkowski could not be reached for comment. The suspect denies the charges, and claims he was unaware of his Hepatitis C status.