Former Arizona nurse Nathan Sutherland has pleaded guilty on Thursday in the 2018 sexual assault of a severely disabled woman at a long-term care facility, a crime that came to light only when she unexpectedly gave birth.
He allegedly pleaded guilty during a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, an official said.
Update: A lawyer for the Arizona male nurse charged with raping a quadriplegic woman at a long-term care facility says there is no proof he committed the act – even though police say his DNA linked him to the case.
Who is Nathan Sutherland?
Nathan Sutherland is a former Arizona nurse who impregnated a patient in a vegetative state as he has finally pleaded guilty to sexual abuse. The former caregiver worked at a Hacienda Healthcare facility in Phoenix, Arizona. She reportedly pleaded guilty on Thursday morning, September 2, to charges of sexual and adult abuse.
#BREAKING: Nathan Sutherland, the nurse charged with raping & impregnating a resident in a vegetative state at Hacienda Healthcare in 2018, pleaded GUILTY AS CHARGED to sexual abuse & vulnerable adult abuse.
— Briana Whitney (@BrianaWhitney) September 2, 2021
How old is Nathan Sutherland?
Nathan Sutherland is 39 years old as of the year 2021.
Who is Nathan Sutherland Wife?
Sutherland, a devout Christian, and father-of-four were forced to submit his DNA sample under court order on Tuesday and the results showed he was a match to the baby. He declined to speak with the police and invoked his Fifth Amendment rights. He did not enter a plea when he faced court on Wednesday.
Defense attorney David Gregan described his client as a family man with young children
The family has been living in Arizona since 1993.
The pair lived with their four children in their Phoenix home, a neighbor revealed. Bridgett owns a catering company that Sutherland has worked for. Sutherland and his wife Bridget divorced last year.
Nathan Sutherland Arizona
Sutherland has finally turned himself into the authorities after a DNA test showed that he was the father of the baby born in December 2018. The victim was reportedly in hospice care since childhood after a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state, and hospital staff was unaware that she was pregnant, AZ Central reported.
“After more than two-and-a-half years, all of us at Hacienda Healthcare are relieved that Nathan Sutherland has finally pleaded guilty to his awful offenses,” Perry Petrilli, CEO of Hacienda Healthcare, said in a statement.
“We have cooperated in every way possible with law enforcement and investigators”.
“As ever, our hearts are with the victim and her family.”
Nathan Sutherland Victim
Court papers noted how Sutherland “worked around the victim and treated her on numerous occasions and thus had direct access to her for an extended period of time.” According to medical records obtained by People, the woman “lacks sufficient understanding and mental capacity to make decisions or give consents for her medical, placement or financial estate” and suffers from quadriplegia, recurrent pneumonia, as well as a seizure disorder.
Her family told the magazine in a statement at she “has significant intellectual disabilities as a result of seizures very early in her childhood. She does not speak but has some ability to move her limbs, head, and neck.”
The victim later gave birth to a child fathered by the accused nurse, Nathan Sutherland. https://t.co/2mKl3egM0a
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) September 3, 2021
Their daughter “responds to sound and is able to make facial gestures,” they added.
Nathan Sutherland Baby
The unexpected birth of the baby was followed by an internal review that led to the resignation of Hacienda HealthCare’s erstwhile CEO, the suspension of one doctor who oversaw the woman’s care.