- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) - A former nurse who was charged last year with sexually assaulting patients at a Kansas City, Kansas, hospital now faces similar accusations involving patients at a Johnson County hospital.

Dennis E. Clark, 47, was arrested Monday in a case Johnson County prosecutors said involved three women at Menorah Medical Center in 2010 and 2011, The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1Bf8ZmW ) reported.

Clark is charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery, aggravated criminal sodomy and attempted aggravated criminal sodomy. He was terminated in 2012 from the hospital, but Menorah officials didn’t comment on the reason.

Clark said Monday in court that he would hire his own attorney. His next court appearance in the case is scheduled for June 25.

Clark was hired in December 2013 at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, after passing background checks, including searches of criminal history and sex offender registry records, the hospital said. The city’s police began investigating him in May 2014 after a patient reported being sexually assaulted and two other women reported similar incidents.

Prosecutors charged Clark in October in Wyandotte County District Court with three counts of aggravated sexual battery. The charges were amended after a fourth victim came forward to include two counts of rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

The Kansas State Board of Nursing revoked Clark’s registered nursing license after charges were filed in Wyandotte County.

The board had said that it had received complaints about Clark when he worked at the Johnson County hospital, but the incidents could not be substantiated and no disciplinary action was taken. Overland Park police also investigated the complaints, but no charges were filed.

A message seeking comment with Clark’s last known attorney in the Wyandotte County case was left Tuesday.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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