"He fooled everybody": Patients' families speaks out on rape suspect

Faith Castro
January 27, 2019

Through a combination of "good old fashion police work" and DNA testing, police were able to identify 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland, a nurse at the facility, as the man who impregnated the victim.

The patient had given birth to a baby on December 29, 2018.

Nathan Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse in charge of the facility wing where the victim resided, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse. Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said on January 23, 2019, that investigators arrested Sutherland on one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse.

Police say DNA tests from employees reportedly helped police find a match between Sutherland and the baby. There is no excuse for what happened to a resident of Hacienda's Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled, nor have we sought to make excuses.

Hacienda HealthCare officials said that Sutherland, who doesn't appear to have a criminal record, went through a thorough background check when he was hired.

He obtained his practical nurse license in 2011 and held it until Thursday's surrender, according to the board of nursing's report.

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She said she's anxious that Sutherland abused other patients he cared for, a possibility the Phoenix Police Department said it's looking into as part of its investigation. He declined to speak with police and invoked his Fifth Amendment rights, police spokesman Tommy Thompson said. During the course of the investigation into the identity of the baby's father, Sutherland was compelled via court order to give a DNA example.

FILE - This Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, shows Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix.

She has "significant intellectual disabilities" as a result of severe seizures in her early childhood, her family said in a statement. "[There] you're blessed if you have one bowl of rice a day". Despite this, Sutherland and his sister formed their rap duo in 2003. She attended the meeting to urge the board to look at the other nurses who were supervising or working alongside Sutherland. While speaking to the Associated Press, one of the Sutherland family's neighbors, Esella Burr, said, "I can't believe it".

"And I think of him as a Ted Bundy, I think he's a sociopath who fooled us all". "He told me he was a nurse and he liked his job".

Burr says Sutherland shared the home with his wife and four children, and she saw the couple leave for church every Sunday.

According to the articles of incorporation for Life in You Inc., the nonprofit aimed to "show Christ's unconditional love by responding to the spiritual and physical needs" of youth who were homeless, developmentally disabled, behaviorally challenged or orphaned in Phoenix and Maricopa County.

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