The previous Hacienda nurse accused of raping and impregnating an incapacitated lady beneath his care entered a not responsible plea Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Courtroom.
The arraignment listening to was 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland’s first public courtroom look since Phoenix police introduced they matched his DNA to the kid born to a 29-year-old feminine affected person at Hacienda HealthCare final month.
Sutherland, shackled and clad in a Maricopa County jail orange jumpsuit, solely spoke to present his identify and date of delivery to the choose. The listening to lasted not more than two minutes as his legal professional, David Gregan, entered a not responsible plea on behalf of his shopper and confirmed upcoming appearances.
“Mr Sutherland, simply as you and I are, is entitled to due strategy of regulation,” Gregan advised the media following the listening to. “Mr Sutherland is entitled to constitutional safety simply as you and I are. And, lastly, Mr Sutherland – simply as you and I are – is entitled to a full defence. I intend to ensure he receives all these items.”
Sutherland was formally indicted on costs of sexual assault and vulnerable-adult abuse final week. He’s being held in a Maricopa County jail on a $500,000 cash-only bail.
He is scheduled to seem in courtroom subsequent on March 19 for an preliminary pretrial convention.
In the course of the preliminary look, Sutherland’s legal professional stated there was “minimal proof” his shopper dedicated the crime, and so they meant to have their very own DNA testing carried out.
Hacienda employees stated they did not know the feminine affected person was pregnant till she gave delivery to a boy on Dec. 29. Courtroom data describe the girl as “not alert” and needing a “most degree of care.” She has since been faraway from Hacienda and her mother and father are caring for the infant.
Police stated Sutherland was primarily answerable for the girl’s care on the time of the assault. He started working at Hacienda in 2012 and was promptly fired after the ability discovered of his arrest.
He is since voluntarily surrendered his license to the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
Sutherland’s spouse filed for divorce on Dec. 5 – three weeks earlier than the sufferer gave delivery. Courtroom paperwork point out they have been separated since Could.