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Nathan Sutherland, accused of raping Hacienda patient, resists STD test

Nathan Sutherland
Posted at 3:33 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 20:26:11-04

PHOENIX — A former nurse charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix will appeal a court order requiring a test to determine if he has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

Court Commissioner Roger Hartsell issued a Feb. 27 order requiring Nathan Sutherland to take the test and rejected a request Tuesday to reconsider the requirement.

Sutherland attorney Edwin Molina argued the test would violate his client's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.

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Molina says authorities have no probable cause to believe Sutherland has a sexually transmitted disease.

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

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sutherland has since given up his nursing license.