JUST IN: Nurse Charged In Rape Of Comatose Woman Pleads ‘Not Guilty,’ Receives Support From Unexpected Source

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February 05, 2019

We were left speechless when we heard the shocking revelation about a 29-year-old comatose woman who had been in a vegetative state since the age of three when she nearly drowned. On December 29th, the woman gave birth to a baby girl in front of staffers who didn’t even know she was pregnant.

Because her condition did not allow her to give consent to the sexual event, the situation was dealt with as a rape. The only problem was, they still had to figure out who the guilty party was - and they had a plan.

In early January, law enforcement obtained a court order to have the DNA tested of all male employees of the Hacienda HealthCare facility in Phoenix, Arizona in the hopes that it would reveal who committed this horrendous crime. And it appears to have done just that.

There was a match. A male nurse was arrested and charged with rape. He was identified as 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Hacienda HealthCare facility. Sutherland's DNA matched a sample obtained from the newborn child.

Authorities say Sutherland had been caring for the woman at the time she became pregnant. He had been employed at the facility since 2011.

Fox News reports, “The December 29th birth triggered reviews by state agencies, highlighted safety concerns for patients who are severely disabled or incapacitated. The incident also prompted the resignations of Hacienda's chief executive and one of the victim's doctors.”

Today, Sutherland appeared in court to enter an official plea - and many were shocked at what he said.

In spite of the firm evidence from the DNA testing, Sutherland’s attorney, David Gregan, says there is no evidence that his client committed a rape.

And he may have some support for his argument - from a highly unlikely source. The woman’s family has gone on record saying that their daughter is not incapacitated.

According to Fox News, “The woman's parents, through their attorney, have disputed characterizations that their daughter is comatose or in a vegetative state, according to the Associated Press.

“They described her as being intellectually disabled because of seizures in early childhood. While she doesn't speak, she has some mobility in her limbs, head, and neck. She also responds to sound and can make facial gestures.”

It looks as though there is another possible explanation for the woman’s pregnancy, and there's no doubt the attorney will use their statement in his client's defense.

We have yet to hear the defense’s case, but it sure looks as though Sutherland may be setting up the field for a claim that the woman consented to the relationship.

Nathan Sutherland “was a popular high school athlete who later dabbled in Christian rap and eventually, as a married father of four, became a respected licensed practical nurse. He was fired from the healthcare facility and has since given up his nursing license,” Fox News reports.

After today’s hearing, Sutherland is scheduled to make his next court appearance on March 19th when the pretrial conference will occur.

Stay tuned. This story just got a LOT more intriguing…

Gregan also vowed to protect his client’s right to a fair trial, in spite of all the negative press out there.

"Mr. Sutherland, just as you and I are, is entitled to due process of law," Gregan told the media following the hearing. "Mr. Sutherland is entitled to constitutional protection just as you and I are. And, finally, Mr. Sutherland – just as you and I are – is entitled to a full defense. I intend to make sure he receives all these things."

Nathan Sutherland “was a popular high school athlete who later dabbled in Christian rap and eventually, as a married father of four, became a respected licensed practical nurse.

“He was fired from the healthcare facility and has since given up his nursing license,” Fox News reports.

Sutherland's wife filed for divorce on December fifth, three weeks before the victim gave birth. Court documents indicate they've been separated since May.”

After today’s hearing, Sutherland is scheduled to make his next court appearance on March 19th when the initial pretrial conference will occur.

Stay tuned. This story just got a LOT more intriguing…

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