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published on February 5, 2019 - 11:44 AM
Written by Associated Press

A lawyer representing a man accused of raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix says his client will present a full legal defense.

Attorney David Gregan made a brief statement to reporters after 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of sexual abuse and abuse of a vulnerable adult.

Gregan says he’ll make sure Sutherland’s rights are respected.

He declined further comment.

Authorities say Sutherland was working as a nurse at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix when he raped the 29-year-old victim.

Investigators say Sutherland’s DNA matched a sample from the victim’s child.

Gregan has previously said there was no direct evidence linking Sutherland to the crime.

He has since given up his nursing license.

The Dec. 29 birth triggered reviews by state agencies, highlighted safety concerns for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated and prompted the resignations of Hacienda’s chief executive and one of the victim’s doctors.


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