PHOENIX (AP) -- A former Hacienda HealthCare nurse charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at the 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.

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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.

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Sutherland has since given up his nursing license.


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Probably because he has AIDS.
Can we set the record straight on this piece of sh!te please. They keep referring to him as a nurse. He's not a nurse, he's a CNA. That's the equivalent of calling your landscaper your doctor.


Why does this pos even have a choice in the matter?


"Sutherland attorney Edwin Molina argued the test would violate his client’s protections against unreasonable searches and seizures." How the devil does a human being justify making a living by defending creatures like that soulless rapist? More sickening than the act itself.


so is no one supposed to defend them? just curious, I get they are terrible and guilty most of the time, but it is still a job for someone to defend them... There are cases where they are mistakenly accused, then what? this case is 100% different, but the comment is like really? belittling a defense attorney congrats

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