St. Landry

Nov 8, 2011 6:57 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Opelousas Nurse Allegedly Inappropriately Touches Patients

We all put our trust in nurses and doctors, but what happens when a health professional crosses the line during an examination? Opelousas authorities said a male nurse was arrested for doing just that.

Officials said so far three women have come forward, claiming suspect Phillip Tinubu touched them inappropriately. Authorities believe there may be more victims out there.

Detective Darren Zachary with the Opelousas Police Department, said "one of the victims stated that when it occurred she advised him to stop. He continued and she felt very uncomfortable to the point where she had to contact a family member to tell them what happened."

Detective Zachary said Opelousas Police got the first complaint about 45 year old nurse Phillip Tinubu in September and shortly after two more women filed complaints.

"Do to the fact this is an ongoing investigation, I can't get into the specifics," Zachary said. "All I can say is the patients were touched inappropriately in areas they shouldn't have been."

Detectives are not releasing the name of the Opelousas doctor's office. Zachary said the suspect tried to make the women feel like it was okay he was violating them. He allegedly told them it was all part of a nurse's per-screening examination.

"Based on the original information we receive from complaint and based on the interview with the suspect put agency felt we had to move forwards and make an arrest," Zachary said.

Officials don't believe anyone in the office knew this was happening. Tinubu is being charged with one count of sexual battery. Officials said he's bonded out on that charge, but could face more charges as this investigation unfolds.

Detectives are asking any other person who thinks they may have been inappropriately touched by the suspect to report the incident to Opelousas Police. Authorities said a fourth women called detectives this afternoon claiming she too was violated but a formal complaint has not been filed.



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