Kentucky triage nurse charged with sexual assault of patient

RICHMOND, Ky. (WYMT) - A triage nurse from Central Kentucky is facing serious allegations regarding conduct with a patient.

State police said 49-year-old Alvin Clark Buckmaster sexually assaulted a woman, who was his patient, multiple times during exams at Baptist Health in Richmond. State police began their investigation more than 7 months ago after numerous sexual assaults were reported during the woman’s visit at the hospital.

"In October we were initially contacted through some friends of the victim. And then we spoke with the victim shortly after the incident occurred,” said State Trooper Robert Purdy.

Police say Buckmaster either inappropriately touched the victim or had her touch him nine separate times during a visit, once while instructed about a urine sample and another time when her blood was drawn.

“I think the allegations took a lot of people by surprise,” said Purdy.

Buckmaster was arrested on Tuesday on a charge of first-degree criminal assault. The victim agreed to do a sexual assault examination, and police said clothes were collected for DNA testing. Baptist Health issued a statement saying the triage nurse was immediately suspended once notified of the allegations and is no longer employed there.

"They have been vital in our investigation, letting us look at video footage, talked to staff, things like that," said Purdy.

Buckmaster appeared in court Wednesday morning and was released from jail after posting a $10,000 cash bond. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Berea but was suspended by the fire department on Tuesday.

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