Ex-Nurse Who Impregnated Woman With Disabilities Gets 10 Years in Prison
In SummaryAccording to reports, Sutherland pleaded guilty in September to sexual assault and abusing a vulnerable adult.
A former nurse who pleaded guilty for sexually assaulting a woman with intellectual disabilities at a long-term health care facility was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday, according to CNN.
The man, Nathan D. Sutherland, impregnated the woman in 2018 while she was in a vegetative state at the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix.
In December 2018, employees at the site were shocked when the unidentified woman gave birth, telling a 911 dispatcher at the time, “We had no idea she was pregnant,” CNN reported.
A DNA test conducted in January 2019 confirmed that Sutherland was the baby’s biological father.
According to reports, Sutherland pleaded guilty in September to sexual assault and abusing a vulnerable adult.
“The sentence imposed was the maximum allowable under the agreement and took into consideration numerous aggravating and mitigating factors, including the vulnerability of the victim and the position of trust held by the defendant,” Maricopa County attorney Allister Adel told CNN in a statement. “This sentence honors the wishes of the victims in this case.”
According to Adel, Sutherland is on lifetime probation and is required to register as a sex offender once he gets out of prison.