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Hearing set for former nurse charged with raping patient

Posted at 6:39 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 09:39:46-04

PHOENIX (AP) - A former nurse charged with raping and impregnating an incapacitated patient at a long-term care center in Phoenix is scheduled Tuesday to appear in court.

The pretrial conference for Nathan Sutherland comes more than a month after he lost an appeal of a court order requiring a test to determine if he has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases. It's unclear whether Sutherland has since taken the test.

The 30-year-old patient, who had been living at Hacienda Healthcare since 1992, gave birth to a boy at the facility on Dec. 29.

Employees said they had no idea she was pregnant.

Sutherland has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual abuse and abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Hacienda fired Sutherland after his arrest.

He has since given up his nursing license.