Alleged victims testify against former Overland Park hospital nurse

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OLATHE, Kan. -- The alleged sexual assault victims of a former nurse spoke out for the first time on Thursday as the former nurse appeared in court.

Dennis Clark is facing several charges including sexual battery and sodomy in connection to the accusations.

Clark is charged with sexually assaulting four patients at Providence Medical Center in KCK while he was a nurse in surgical recovery. After prosecutors in KCK charged Clark, Overland Park Police reopened cases involving similar accusations when he worked at Menorah Medical Center.

During Clark's preliminary hearing, prosecutors asked one of Clark's alleged victims, did you want this contact?

The woman emphatically replied, "No, he was my nurse."

"When he walked me to the bathroom something else happened too," the woman continued to testify.

Another alleged victim later took the witness stand and testified that seven years ago Clark also tried to force here to commit a sex act on him when she was "exhausted, disoriented and a little confused" in her hospital room following her surgery at Menorah Medical Center. The woman said she had gone to the hospital after suffering a heart attack.

Thursday's hearing lasted for about two hours before Judge Thomas Sutherland in Division 3 at the Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe.

A handcuffed Clark listened intently as both women told the court about their alleged incidents. Sitting behind the defendant, were Clark's wife and mother-in-law.

Another hearing is set for December 17.

Clark remain in jail on a $500,000 bond.

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