Nurse charged with raping a patient at Independence hospital

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The Jackson County Prosecutor says a nurse has been charged with raping a patient at an Independence hospital.

The prosecutor said Wednesday that 35-year-old Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, of Overland Park, Kansas, is charged with first-degree rape.

Emmanuel was a “float nurse” employed by Parallon. Centerpoint Medical Center officials said in a statement that he had been fired.

The Kansas City Star reports Independence police received a report of a sexual assault at the hospital on June 15.

Court records say the woman told police Emmanuel raped her after she asked him to help clean her because her catheter was leaking.

The hospital said the patient was being given pain medication at the time of the alleged rape.

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