KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for a nurse accused of raping a patient at an Independence hospital, according to Jackson County prosecutors.
Chukwuemeka Emmanuel, 35, of Overland Park, was charged with one count of rape or attempted first-degree rape, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.
Emmanuel was employed by Parallon as a “float nurse,” according to court documents. Centerpoint Medical Center said in a statement that Emmanuel has been fired and the hospital has launched an internal investigation.
“What is alleged to have happened to this patient is intolerable,” the statement read. “This nurse has been terminated and is no longer employed with the hospital. We are focused on the health and well-being of this patient and are committed to providing her support during this time.”
According to court records, the victim told police the sexual assault occurred Saturday when she asked Emmanuel to help clean her due to a catheter leaking. She said Emmanuel began to clean her and then pulled his pants down and raped her.
She told Emmanuel several times that he was hurting her and asked him to stop, records said.
The victim was being given morphine and other narcotics for pain management at the time of the assault, according to prosecutors.
Another nurse at the hospital, who told police she was in a relationship with Emmanuel, said that Emmanuel told her he was going to Nigeria because he had been accused of rape, records said.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $100,000 for Emmanuel.