Arizona governor urges new leaders at facility after rape

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s governor is looking into whether the state can remove the board of directors of a long-term care facility where a nurse is accused of raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth.

In a flurry of tweets Friday, Gov. Doug Ducey called for Hacienda HealthCare’s board to be fired.

His tweets come a day after The Arizona Republic reported that Hacienda’s former CEO had a history of facing sexual misconduct allegations from employees.

CEO Bill Timmons was disciplined but ultimately allowed to keep his job. Simmons resigned Jan. 7 after reports surfaced that a 29-year-old patient gave birth last month.

Police arrested 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland on Wednesday. An online database shows Sutherland has since voluntarily surrendered his nursing license.

Hacienda officials didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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