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Police investigating reported sexual assault of a patient by staff at metro hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Police confirmed to FOX 4 News on Sunday they are investigating a sexual assault that happened at a metro hospital.

Officers said they were called to Truman Medical Center's Lakewood Campus around 2 a.m. on Friday on a report of a sexual assault. A spokeswoman for the hospital said the incident happened in the long-term care center.

The hospital issued a statement that said a nurse walked into a resident's room and observed a medical care technician having inappropriate contact with the resident.

An individual who works at the hospital, who does not want to be identified, told FOX 4 the suspect tried to force the patient to perform a sex act. The individual said the victim is not verbal.

According to that employee, the suspect has worked at the hospital for around eight years and recently finished school to be a nurse at the hospital. FOX 4 is not naming the suspect until that person is formally charged with a crime. Hospital staff said Sunday evening the suspect would not be allowed back to work until the investigation is complete. On Monday, Truman Medical Centers said the suspect has been terminated and will not be permitted on the TMC Lakewood Campus.

A hospital spokeswoman also released the following information in a statement:

That nurse immediately followed safety protocols, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services hotline and police were called. The investigation with both agencies is ongoing, and TMC is working closely with the authorities.

Truman Medical Centers' number one priority is patient safety. The organization has zero tolerance for any employee putting those in our care in harm's way.

We won't rest until all investigations are complete, and the resident's family has the answers it deserves about this incident.
As this is now in the hands of the KCPD, we would refer any further questions to that organization.