- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas board that regulates nurses has approved disciplinary action against a nurse who was fired and later charged with sexually assaulting three patients while working in a post-anesthesia care unit at a northeast Kansas hospital.

But Alma Heckler, an attorney for the Kansas State Board of Nursing, said Wednesday that no details would be provided about the type of discipline until paperwork was filed in the case against Dennis Clark, 47, of Gardner. She said she expected that to happen in the next few days.

Clark was released Tuesday night from the Wyandotte County Adult Detention Center after posting $10,000 bond, a jail official said. He was charged last month in Wyandotte County District Court with three counts of aggravated sexual battery. Prosecutors are urging anyone with information about other possible victims to call police.

Clark didn’t have a listed number. His attorney, Casey Meek, didn’t immediately return phone or email messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Prosecutors said in a written statement that the alleged assaults occurred from December through May while Clark worked at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.



“We hold the safety of our patients as our highest priority,” Providence spokeswoman Kathleen Conwell said in a written statement. “When these allegations came to light, we terminated this person and contacted authorities. He is no longer employed at this hospital and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement. Beyond that, we can’t comment due to privacy issues.”

Chris Schneider, a spokesman for the county district attorney’s office, said he couldn’t comment on what sparked the investigation or provide other details because he didn’t want to compromise the case.

State records show that Clark has been licensed as a registered nurse in Kansas since 2001.

Before working at Providence Medical Center, Clark had been employed at Olathe Medical Center in Olathe and Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas. None of the alleged crimes are purported to have occurred at either facility.

Olathe Health System spokesman Mike Jensen said in an email that it was policy to not comment on the personnel records of former employees. Stann Tate, a spokesman for Menorah, said in an email that Clark passed a background check before he began working at the hospital in February 2010 and remained an employee until February 2012.

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