A Missouri nurse is facing charges for having sex with a nursing home patient under his care. Steven James Stroman is charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree sexual conduct with a nursing facility resident or vulnerable person, Ozark Radio News reported.
A patient at West Vue Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Plains reported the sexual contact to police. The victim is a 68-year-old resident who told police that Stroman had had sex with her twice since August. The first encounter was consensual, she said, but the second one was not, according to documents. Another nurse explained to officers the victim “was getting scared” after Stroman had sex with her a second time on Sept. 7. Stroman allegedly gave the patient a pain pill before each encounter.
Police collected an item of clothing from the patient as possible evidence, the West Plains Daily Quill reported.
Stroman agreed to talk to police and initially denied any wrongdoing, the documents said. When police told Stroman that they had clothes from the patient with possible DNA evidence on them, Stroman allegedly said that the patient had inappropriately touched him.
He eventually admitted that there had been sexual contact as the woman described, according to the documents. Stroman had been employed as the weekend nurse supervisor at the facility for one year.