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Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10 2013 11:05 a.m. MST

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

It will be interesting where this case goes....

The word of a post operative woman,
severely drugged,
obviously tramatized due to surgery,
hopped up on moraphine and
barely conscious?

When I came out of surgery,
I could not count 3 fingers on the orderly hand...
and I had fluid state dreams of monsters attacking me and vomiting for hours afterward.
It was horrible!

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

I hope the guys gets a good attorney,
and if found innocent,
counter-sues for defamition of character and loss of Constitutional rights.

but, if he's guilty...

MrsH
Altamont, UT

LDS Liberal, I was wondering that myself...I remember coming out of surgery and thinking some really strange things!
Hope they have some solid evidence. If not, what a nightmare for this guy.
Not saying he's not guilty, but just questioning.

Robb C
Salt Lake City, UT

If he had been the nurse assigned to give care to this patient than I could see a reason for your doubts. But since that is not the case and she apparently was able to identify him, your skepticism comes across as insensitive to the victim and would better be left unsaid.

Contrarius
mid-state, TN

@LDS --

"Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?"

Yeah, but it's very suspicious that he was in her room despite not being assigned to her care.

And she was in therapy -- surely the therapist has some idea of whether her memories seem credible or merely hallucinatory.

Tough case, though!

Presto
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I have had an opportunity to read the report on this (probable cause statement- public document). There is no mention of any physical evidence in this case. There are no corroborating witnesses. There is not a shred of corroborating evidence. The only thing that the prosecution has is a story that is eight months old, that is highly questionable: A nurse that is in the middle of training another nurse, is accused of visiting a patient five times in the course of one night, which patient is under the care of a third nurse. That during those five visits he is alleged to have sexually assaulted the patient in an extremely brazen manner, totally disregarding the risk that his trainee or the attending nurse might see him. That during that night the attending nurse never came in to check on the patient. And that the alleged victim searched for the help button throughout the night but was never able to find it. Also, that the alleged perpetrator drugged the alleged victim through a morphine drip, which is administered by a machine that prevents excessive use (otherwise the patient might overdose by pushing the button too many times). Absurd allegations.

Presto
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And yet, the Duchesne County Sheriff's Office gets these allegations for the first time on December 6, 2013, and they investigate for a total of one day before seeking an arrest warrant. Charges are filed. This man is arrested. And his reputation will never be restored.

Some things each reader should know about Josh Shumway. He is one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever met. He is shy. He is good. For the LDS readers who care, he is a returned missionary. So much has been taken from him in this process. Take a moment to imagine what it would be like to be arrested from your home without any idea of any criminal act, and then placed in a cell for 23 hours a day while being called a rapist...having done nothing wrong. How would you feel? Please do not rush to judgment in this case.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Surrendering his license would suggest something is amiss here.

trekker
Salt Lake, UT

Now instead of being a registered nurse he may become a registered sex offender. It does hurt the case being reported late.

spinner
carlsbad, NM

I know Josh and it was shocking for me to read this. My knee jerk reaction was that there was no way this is the same young man that I know and there has to be an identification mix up. I agree with the hallucinatory effects of morphine especially on a post surgery patient. I also agree that it is suspicious that it was reported so late but as a nurse I know that it can take time for a victim to act. Innocent until proven guilty is the law of the land but even though the story is supposedly fact based our herd mentality is such that he is guilty before he has even had a trial. Sensationalizing stories like this before all of the facts are known can destroy any human being. Too bad this was not reported after the court case as now he will always be guilty in people's minds before he is even heard.

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