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The Arizona nurse accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a non-verbal and “incapacitated” woman who recently gave birth “fooled everyone,” according to another patient’s mother.
Nathan Sutherland, 36, was supposedly responsible for the care of the 29-year-old patient at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, who has been disabled since the age of 3. She gave birth to a baby boy on Dec. 29, much to the shock of staff at the facility.
“He was very loving, very compassionate. Or he pretended to be. And I really trusted him," Angela Gomez, whose son was cared for by Sutherland, told KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona. "Never in my wildest dreams would I think that he would be the suspect that the PD was looking for. I suspected others, but I was wrong, and he fooled everybody.”
She said she is now going to get her son tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Hacienda HealthCare has recommended such tests and offered to pay for them in light of the allegations made against Sutherland.
Sutherland worked for Hacienda HealthCare since 2012. He was terminated after police announced his arrest this week. The facility said he passed an extensive background check, a fact they are “troubled” by.
Sutherland’s former co-worker Eleanora Riggers, who worked for Hacienda for 11 years, told ABC15 in Phoenix that she was shocked.
"I cried. I just cried and cried," she said.
"I want him to spend every day of his life in prison," she told KPHO-TV. "That’s what a monster like him deserves.”
Sutherland was arrested and booked at the Maricopa County Jail on one count of vulnerable adult abuse and one count of sexual assault, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said during a press conference on Wednesday. Sutherland was later released on $500,000 bond and ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device, the Associated Press reports. He has yet to enter a plea.
The nurse was once one half of a Christian rap duo called Sleeplesssouljaz. The other half is his sister. They released their first album ”Certified Fake Face” in 2009. It has just one review on Amazon, a negative one, which is a response to Sutherland’s arrest.
[Photo: Maricopa County Jail]
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