Nurse gets 60 days in jail after sentencing for sex crimes

Nurse gets 60 days in jail after sentencing for sex crimes

A nurse with licenses to practice in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after admitting to felony charges. The man, age 29, reportedly pleaded guilty to sex offenses in December after an alleged inappropriate encounter with a patient. The man admitted to sexual imposition and patient abuse after having unsolicited sexual contact with a female patient who was in labor at an Ohio hospital in 2012. In addition to the jail term, the man will also be required to spend two years on probation, and he must surrender his nursing licenses. The man will be listed on the sex offender registry for a period of 15 years.

The man had reportedly pleaded guilty to allegations that he improperly touched a patient’s breast during her labor experience. Further, she claimed that the man placed her hand on his pants in the area of his penis. Prosecutors accused the man of violating standard protocol by asking others to leave the room while the woman was experiencing dangerously low blood pressure. The assault may have occurred during that time.

Defense attorneys said that the woman misinterpreted some of the man’s professional actions. The man also apologized to the alleged victim in court, expressing his regret for harming her during the labor process. His defense team said that the man was a hard-working former resident of West Baltimore who was able to pursue a nursing career despite growing up in an impoverished neighborhood. Attorneys said the man accepted the plea to prevent his family from suffering additional harm; in addition to the criminal penalties, the man will also have to repay nearly $180,000 in student loans.

Criminal defendants should be informed about their rights before they enter formal guilty pleas. A Maryland criminal defense attorney may help those accused of sex crimes learn more about their legal options. Maryland attorneys may serve as important allies and advocates for those facing sexual assault charges.

Source: The Plain Dealer, “Nurse sentenced after admitting to inappropriate sexual contact with woman in labor at Fairview Hospital” Rachel Dissell, Mar. 11, 2014

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