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.
Now instead of being a registered nurse he may become a registered sex offender.
It does hurt the case being reported late.
Surrendering his license would suggest something is amiss here.
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.
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
@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!
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.
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
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...