The Seattle Times reports that male nurse, Konstantin V. Kurkov, working in the St. Francis Hospital emergency room has been charged with second-degree rape.
According to the charges, the nurse allegedly performed a pelvic exam without a glove on a patient who came to the Federal Way ER room in March with back pain.
Rape in the second-degree is covered by Washington code RCW 9a.44.050 and it can be charged when a person engages in sexual intercourse with another and the perpetrator is a health care provider and the victim is a client or patient and the sexual intercourse occurs during a treatment.
Kurkov has been charged in King County Superior Court and has 20 days to respond to the charges. His license has been suspended until the charges are resolved.
We often see cases of sexual abuse in nursing homes with the most vulnerable of patients are assaulted. However, it is not unheard of medical professionals including doctors, nurses or other professionals to sexually abuse a patient including penetration, fondling or unnecessary physical exams.
Medical misconduct such as rape or sexual misconduct violates both medical malpractice and criminal law. Often, victims need to file a medical malpractice claim to obtain meaningful justice. Sometimes when a medical malpractice case is filed, other victims come forward and a pattern of abuse is found.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been injured due to the negligence of another or by medical malpractice.
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