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Utah Nurse Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Hospital Patient
Roosevelt, UT – A male nurse at Uintah Basin Medical Center has been accused of sexually abusing a female surgery patient on multiple occasions.
Joshua Shumway, 26, allegedly sexually abused the woman in April while she was recovering overnight from surgery at the hospital. Although Shumway was not assigned to the patient, he administered medication to her and put her hand on an automatic morphine injector pump to activate it. Once she was nice and doped up, he sexually assaulted her. He then returned to her room four more times throughout the night to continue abusing her.
The woman said she tried to locate the nurse call button to alert someone of the attack, but she could not find it and had no way of physically escaping him. She also tried to vocalize her displeasure with Shumway’s actions by saying “please, no” but said her words came out “squeaky and stupid,” according to the charges. It also didn’t help that Shumway told her that if she didn’t keep her mouth shut, he’d cause her go into cardiac arrest by injecting her with a syringe. He also informed her that he knew where she lived.
The woman didn’t say anything until she started therapy for the encounter and told her doctor. On December 4th, the doctor alerted the hospital what the woman said had happened to her. Shumway no longer worked there, having obtained employment at St. Mark’s. but records indicated that he was working there on the night of the victim’s alleged attack, and medication logs showed Shumway had administered a drug to her.
With that evidence, Shumway was arrested on Monday and charged with three counts of forcible sexual abuse, object rape, forcible sodomy, threat of violence and three counts of tampering with a witness. Bail was set at $50,000. If found guilty of the charges, he’s looking at a life behind bars and won’t have the luxury of a morphine pump if another inmate decides to violently invade his butthole.
Shumway was removed from the work schedule at St. Mark’s as soon as the administration learned of the accusations against him. They said that his employment status is under review but that they’ve had no patient complaints about Shumway since he began working there in October. This may change now that he’s safely locked away.