It’s a disturbing story and it’s getting even more bizarre.
Nathan Sutherland is a 36-year-old nurse who was supposedly responsible for the care of a non-verbal woman described as "incapacitated" but instead he allegedly sexually assaulted her, resulting in her getting pregnant and unexpectedly giving birth.
The 29-year-old woman has been disabled since the age of 3. She gave birth to the baby boy on Dec. 29.
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.
So, who is Sutherland?
He was in a Christian rap duo
Sutherland was 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.
He was adopted
He and his sister were born in Haiti before being adopted and brought to the United States in 1989, according to a description of their musical duo on an independent music site.
Sutherland said that his parents split up in Haiti and then he and his sister were taken to an orphanage, NBC News reports.
He became a naturalized citizen in 2011, AzCentral reports.
Growing up, rap music was banned
The description of Sleeplesssouljaz states that the siblings "were not allowed to listen to any loud or obnoxious music especially rap, whether it was positive Christian or not. Their music, which was a way out and escape to them was never understood by their parents and definitely not encouraged."
His wife filed for divorce not long before the birth
On Dec. 5, just three weeks before the victim gave birth to a baby allegedly fathered by Sutherland, his wife filed for divorce, according to AzCentral.
He is linked to the baby with DNA
Authorities say DNA from Sutherland matches DNA from the victim's baby. His defense attorney David Gregan said Sutherland has the right to get his own DNA expert.
He has no criminal record
Sutherland has no prior criminal past. He now faces one count each of sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse.
He’s worked at the health facility for years
Sutherland has worked for Hacienda HealthCare since 2012. The facility said in a statement that he was terminated after police announced his arrest. They said he passed an extensive background check, a fact they are “troubled” by. Sutherland was one of the caregivers for the victim at the Hacienda HealthCare center where she lived.
He was reportedly a quiet family man
Former neighbor Esella Burr said she lived next to Sutherland for five years until he sold his Phoenix-area home in October. Burr said Sutherland shared the home with his wife and four children, and she saw the couple leave for church every Sunday. Burr said Sutherland would sometimes wave or start a conversation with her and once gave her a ride. He also mentioned that he liked his job as a nurse.
He is a dad, but it's not clear how many kids he has
There are conflicting reports about how many children he has. It should be noted that the AzCentral report says he has no children with his most recent wife but that he had two with his previous wife.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
[Photo: Maricopa County Jail]
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