- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A judge has dismissed charges against a male Utah nurse accused of sexually assaulting a patient.

Court records show that Judge Edwin Peterson tossed out the case Friday. Prosecutors had alleged that 28-year-old Joshua Platte Shumway gave morphine to a female patient recovering from surgery before sexually abusing and threatening her in 2013.

The dismissal came after Peterson ruled that most of Shumway’s statements during police interrogations weren’t admissible because the techniques were manipulative, including appeals to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints faith.

Shumway told the Deseret News that he believes he was a convenient target because he worked in the hospital in in Roosevelt, about 150 miles east of Salt Lake City. He says he’s lost his profession and is facing steep legal bills, though he hasn’t decided whether to sue authorities.

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