MultiCare Nurse Practitioner Continued Seeing Patients While Awaiting Trial
A nurse practitioner at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center was permitted to continue seeing patients while awaiting trial on sexual abuse charges.
In July 2016, 31-year-old psychiatric nurse practitioner Justin McClanahan was charged with seven counts of molestation for allegedly molesting several young girls, with the youngest being four years old. Court documents say that these charges were based on abuse from 2005 in Sacramento County, California. McClanahan was 18 years old at this time.
Despite these charges, McClanahan continued to see patients at MultiCare until October 2018. That month, he was convicted of five counts of child molestation. On December 21, he was sentenced to 30 years behind bars in California state prison.
Liability in Cases of Healthcare Employee Sexual Abuse
We’ve asked attorney contributor Brian Kent to discuss liability for sexual abuse by healthcare professionals and the legal rights of victims and their families:
Sadly, sexual abuse by employees is common in healthcare and other sensitive fields where professionals are working from positions of trust. Because of this tragic reality, people who apply for jobs in healthcare must be thoroughly screened to make sure they have no history of sexual misconduct or violent crime, which could put patients in danger. If someone comes forward with allegations of abuse by an employee, the facility must take those allegations seriously. In most situations, it would be wise for these facilities to terminate employment or place the accused on administrative leave.
Some cases of sexual abuse by healthcare employees may have been preventable if the healthcare facility had not failed to keep their patients safe. This is known as negligence. For example, if an employee charged with sexual abuse continued seeing patients and abused another victim, the facility could potentially be considered negligent, which could result in a lawsuit by the victims.
Determining your legal options as a survivor of sexual abuse can be complicated, but an experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyer can help you understand your rights.
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Location of MultiCare Auburn Medical Center in Auburn, WA
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