BUFFALO, NY- A Licensed Practical Nurse at the Erie County Medical Center is facing charges of rape and sexual abuse involving an adult female patient in his care.
The NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs accuses Jordan Donalson, 23, of Clarence of having sexual intercourse and committing sexual abuse.
"The patient in this case was receiving necessary care at ECMC, and as such is legally incapable of consenting to sexual conduct with this defendant, said Special Prosecutor Patricia Gunning. "For a licensed professional to abuse their position of authority for sexual gratification, as the defendant in this case is alleged to have done, is reprehensible."
The case was investigated by the Center with help from the Buffalo Police Department. Official say the alleged rape and sexual abuse occurred in January.
ECMC has placed Donalson on administrative leave.
"Upon notification of the allegations, ECMC immediately placed the employee on administrative leave," said Peter Cutler, Vice President, Communications and External Affairs. "ECMC is cooperating on this matter with the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs."
However, ECMC won't say whether Donalson is on paid or unpaid leave.
He was arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang, who set bail at $10,000.
Depending on what happens during the criminal case, will determine whether Donalson is prohibited from ever working with people who are disabled or have special needs. Beyond Donalson, the Justice Center says it's looking further at ECMC's systems to see if there were any gaps in care and if any changes should be made.
2 On Your Side reached out for a repsonse to Andy LoTempio, who is Donalson's attorney. We have not heard back.