DENVER — Fort Collins police arrested a male nurse for allegedly touching a hospital patient sexually.
Thomas Mark Moore, a registered nurse, has worked at seven Colorado hospitals in Greeley, Loveland, Fort Collins and Thornton, and one each in Nebraska and Texas, over seven years.
Police worry there could be more victims. He was supposed to care for the sick and injured. But Fort Collins police said Moore hurt at least one of his patients.
“He was accused of inappropriately touching patients who were under his care while he was a registered nurse,” Fort Collins Police Services spokeswoman Kate Kimble said.
At Poudre Valley Hospital on Dec. 24, 2013, a patient claimed, “While she was under the influence of morphine and possibly as she was gaining consciousness, Tom had her hospital gown open and her breasts exposed. She said he touched her bare breasts and kissed her neck and bare breasts.”
When she was discharged from the emergency room, she said “she was escorted out by Tom and she said he told her, ‘I’ll find you Sweetie.’”
Three days later, he sent her a friend request through Facebook, which she did not accept. Even though the contact happened in 2013, the victim did not report it until August 2015.
“There are investigations in other jurisdictions ongoing as well,” Kimble said.
The initial investigation revealed two other women filed complaints against Moore while they were patients at UC Greeley Emergency Center.
The first was on March 6, 2014, about three months after the Fort Collins allegation. The second came about a year later on April 21, 2015. In both cases, the women were under the influence of strong pain medication.
One patient reported she was “sexually assaulted.” The other reported having her “chest massaged by Thomas.”
Moore was later fired by the hospital.
He was also fired from Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., after a patient complained in February and March 2014 that “Thomas touched her on her bare breasts … and over her vagina.”
“It’s really important for people to come forward if they’ve been violated in that way, especially in a medical facility. We want people to feel safe,” Kimble said.
Moore last worked at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton. He was hired in July but was suspended last month when Fort Collins police arrested him.
He’s currently facing a single felony charge of unlawful sexual contact.
UC Health said it does background checks as part of the hiring process. Moore pleaded guilty to DUI charges about four years ago but there was no answer as to whether that should have disqualified him as a candidate.
Also, his Colorado nursing license is still active.
But the Department of Regulatory Agencies, which regulates the licenses, couldn’t immediately say if a conviction on a sex offense would mean a revocation of that license.