A Utah nurse who has allegedly sexually assaulted at least 12 women at four different Utah medical facilities over the period of ten years could have been stopped if they had properly reported his misconduct to the appropriate authorities, according to one victim’s Utah medical malpractice lawsuit. At least twelve women were victims of the same Utah nurse, according to reports.
A Chronology Of Sexual Assaults
The nurse was employed at a rehabilitation facility when he was disciplined for alleged sexual misconduct but the rehab facility failed to notify the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, as required by Utah law.
Then, in 2011, the same nurse was terminated from his nursing job at a Utah hospital as a result of the complaints from several female patients whom he had allegedly sexually assaulted. The nurse reportedly was warned several times regarding his inappropriate behavior, including a “final warning” in 2009 after he was accused of touching the genitals of a female patient who was recuperating from surgery. The hospital allegedly failed to notify the proper authorities regarding the nurse’s discipline for sexual assault on patients and his termination from employment.
The nurse’s eleventh victim originally sued the hospital where she was allegedly sexually assaulted by the nurse on New Year’s Eve in 2015, when he allegedly touched her inappropriately while he checked her heart monitor. The woman settled her initial claim against the hospital for an undisclosed amount in November 2017, but then amended her complaint to allege that the nurse’s prior two employers were negligent in failing to report the nurse’s alleged sexual assaults as required by law, which allowed the nurse to be in the position to assault her in 2015. The victim’s amended complaint further alleges that the two prior employers gave the nurse favorable references after he left their employment.
Public records reportedly indicate that four Utah health care facilities received at least one complaint regarding sexual assault committed by the nurse over the period of a decade. Two of the medical facilities received at least four sexual assault complaints regarding the nurse.
The nurse is reportedly facing criminal charges related to four of the complaints of sexual assault, including charges filed in August 2016 for first-degree felony object rape and two counts of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse. He was arrested but bailed out after posting $100,000 bond.
The nurse had his nursing license suspended in September 2016 because he was determined to be an imminent and significant danger to the public, which was his first public disciplinary action.
If you or a family member may be the victim of inappropriate sexual contact or other sexual misconduct by a nurse, a doctor, or another medical provider in Utah or in another U.S. state, you should promptly consult with a local medical malpractice lawyer in Utah or in your state who may investigate your sexual assault claim for you and represent you in a claim against a nurse, a doctor, or other medical provider, if appropriate.
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