Judge gives one more chance to nurse charged with sexually assaulting patients in Johnson County

OLATHE, Kan. -- A Johnson County judge on Friday reached the end of his patience with a nurse charged with sex crimes against patients and ordered Dennis Clark back in court on Monday.

On Friday, Clark went before the judge and was once again expected to enter a plea to the charges. This was the third appearance in court in which he was expected to enter his plea, but changed his mind at the last minute.

Clark is charged with seven sex crimes in Johnson County and three sex crimes in Kansas City, Kan.

Dennis Clark

When Clark again backed out of entering a plea, the judge said it was the last time. He ordered Clark to return to court on Monday with a plea. If he doesn't have one, the judge said he will order an immediate trial.

In October 2015, Wyandotte County filed sexual battery charges against Dennis Clark after four alleged victims say he acted and/or touched them inappropriately while he was a nurse at Providence Regional Health Center. The first alleged victim was a psychiatric patient who accused Clark of simulating sex. The second patient said she was sexually assaulted. The third woman said Clark touched her inappropriately while she was in recovery.

After the allegations came to light at Providence, Johnson County reopened an investigation into sexual assaults by Clark at Menorah Medical Center. Initially, prosecutors did not have enough evidence to file charges.

The charges in Johnson County include:

  • Two counts of aggravated sodomy for alleged crimes that occurred on in May 2010 and November 2008
  • Two counts of aggravated sexual battery of someone over 16 years old, which allegedly occurred in June 2011 and May 2010
  • Three counts of lewd and lascivious behavior from July 2013 and June 2013

Johnson County prosecutors charge that the alleged victims at Menorah Medical Center, 5721 W 119th St., were overcome by force or fear, unconscious or physically powerless, and/or incapable of giving consent to the sodomy due to mental deficiency or disease which was known or reasonably apparent to the offender. Prosecutors also accuse Clark of exposing himself to patients for his own sexual gratification.

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