Lawyer: No proof nurse raped Arizona patient who had baby

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  • Ranch Here, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 11:25 a.m.

    What more direct evidence could you possibly have than a living baby matching the suspect's DNA?

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 11:15 a.m.

    ""There's no direct evidence that Mr. Sutherland has committed these acts," Gregan said. "I know at this point there's DNA. But he will have a right to his own DNA expert.""

    Sure, he has the right to his own expert but no DNA expert will be able to change his DNA so its kind of pointless.

    "Court records indicate his wife filed for divorce seven weeks ago. A message left at a number listed for her was not immediately returned."

    I cant help but wonder what precipitated this? But I wont speculate because that would be against the rules...unless you are on the editorial board or orrin hatch.

  • HSTucker Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 10:57 a.m.

    It is so unfortunate that an organization that seems to want to be taken seriously engages in the self-defeating practice of clickbait.

    No, DesNews, she didn't say there was no proof. In fact, she expressly acknowledged the DNA results. What she said was that there is no "direct evidence" that her client committed the acts.

    Please stop normalizing the reckless refutation of truth. That it is effective on the gullible is no excuse.

  • UtahBruin Eagle Mountain, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 10:53 a.m.


    Collect evidence with proper handling, which I am sure they did the first time. Analyze the evidence, interpret the results, report results to judge and jury.

    Plus the accused is pleading the 5th. No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

    If this dude's second test comes back positive by an independent lab. Throw away the key. He will have no options, and his attorneys plea to say there is no proof. Right now there is proof, in the DNA sample he willingly provided. There will be a conviction, if his second sample is confirmed. Pretty sure for now he is in some serious trouble.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 10:34 a.m.

    No proof...Except for the Baby DNA. That will conclusively say who the father is.

    Lawyer ought to be working to get a plea bargain on this one.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Jan. 24, 2019 8:59 a.m.

    Victim's family plan to care for the child. I support their decision, but I would not. I would ensure the child was adopted by a capable family and proceed with a closed adoption. I would give the kid a chance to grow up without this story.

  • Thomas Jefferson Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 8:26 a.m.


    ""A DNA test will reveal the truth!???" Not exactly. It will provide a probability."

    Yes, a probability in the 99.999% so good luck arguing your way out of that.

  • thunderbolt7 Dutch John, UT
    Jan. 24, 2019 6:35 a.m.

    "A DNA test will reveal the truth!???" Not exactly. It will provide a probability.

  • water rocket , 00
    Jan. 23, 2019 11:41 p.m.

    With DNA evidence, and the fact that this woman was in no possible way able to sonsent, or rest sex, rape is a mild way of looking at this disgusting situation. Now I am very concerned about the child.

  • Grandma 20 Allen, TX
    Jan. 23, 2019 8:57 p.m.

    A DNA test will reveal the truth!

  • lnkmom Lehi, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 7:55 p.m.

    Well it sure as heck wasn't consensual... so that only leaves one other option.

    The whole thing makes me sick. If people who are supposed care givers aren't even capable of empathy and decency, what has our society come to?

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 5:47 p.m.

    I'm sure he family can support the child; not sure if a lawsuit would be cost effective.

  • Mid West Ute South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 5:09 p.m.

    A rather sick situation. How any responsible Physician and others attending ( other CNA's, etc. assisting in general bathing, etc.) should have noticed a change in abdominal size even with a smaller size baby. Just another example of potential lack of care in long term care facilities.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 1:25 p.m.

    Sounds like good justice is being pursued. Court ordered DNA testing makes sense given there was evidence of a crime.

    One man arrested, the CEO (which oversees the operations of facility) ousted; and two doctors who somehow (according to the facility) didn't notice a pregnancy (or signs of change); suggesting the doctors weren't even looking at their patients only looking at charts done up by the offending "nurse" resigned. Sounds like justice to me.

  • bass679 Novi, MI
    Jan. 23, 2019 12:40 p.m.

    @2 bits
    Prison doesn't pay that well and while I agree it'd be great if he had to contribute but I'd much rather he spent the next couple decades locked far from society.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 23, 2019 12:22 p.m.

    I wonder if he will have to financially support the child he conceived without her consent. She for sure can't provide for the baby financially.