Medical Sex Abuse

Breaking the Silence



Utah Nurse alleged to have assaulted patient, threatened to put her in “cardiac arrest” if she told anyone

Mr. Joshua Platte Shumway was arrested and charged with several counts of sexual abuse. He is accused of entering a female patient’s room five times in one night, sexually assaulting the patient and threatening to put the woman in cardiac arrest if she protested or told anyone.

Joshua Platte Shumway Nurse Sexual Abuse

Shumway was charged with object rape and forcible sodomy, which are first-degree felonies, and three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. He is also charged with three counts of witness tampering and making threats of violence.

Shumway was not assigned to care for the alleged victim during her stay at the hospital following surgery, but he entered her room five times during the night, according to 8th District Court documents.

The victim told investigators he would dose her with morphine during his visits. She was also unable to find the nurse call button. Officers are looking into Shumway’s contact with other patients to determine whether there are any other victims.

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KSL.com — Geoff Liezik 12/10/2013

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