INDEPENDENCE, MO (The Kansas City Star) – A nurse has been charged with raping a patient last weekend at Centerpoint Medical Center, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office announced in a news release.
The nurse, identified in charging documents as Chukwuemeka U. Emmanuel, a 35-year-old Overland Park resident, is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with first-degree rape.
Emmanuel was a “float nurse” employed by Parallon, a hospital official told police.
Parallon could not be reached for comment.
In a statement issued late Wednesday night, the hospital said the nurse “has been terminated and is no longer employed with the hospital.”
The investigation began on the morning of June 16 after Independence police received a report of a sexual assault of a woman who was receiving medical care at the hospital.
The patient told police the assault happened the night before, about 11:40 p.m. June 15. She said she had asked her nurse, Emmanuel, to help clean her because her catheter was leaking.
While he was cleaning, he pulled down his pants and raped her, court records said.
At the time of the alleged assault, the patient was being administered morphine and other narcotics for pain management, the hospital told police.
Court records said the patient told Emmanuel several times he was hurting her and told him to stop. At one point, she told Emmanuel he was going to get in trouble. He allegedly replied, “No it’s OK. We won’t get caught.”
During the investigation, another nurse at Centerpoint, who said she was in a relationship with Emmanuel, told police Emmanuel called her and told her he was going to Nigeria because he had been accused of rape. She believed he was in New York or Nigeria.
The prosecutor’s office filed the rape charge against Emmanuel Wednesday. Bond has been set at $100,000 and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.