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Nurse faces sexual assault charges on a patient

Clayton Dillinger (Source: Independence Co. Sheriff's Office via Vinelink) Clayton Dillinger (Source: Independence Co. Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)
BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

A Batesville nurse faces charges after police say he sexually assaulted a patient.

According to the affidavit, Batesville police responded to a call about a White River Medical Center patient who had been sexually assaulted.

When the officer arrived, he spoke with the victim described as “extremely distraught, crying and having a difficult time breathing and speaking.”

The victim told police a nurse came in and introduced himself as Clayton Dillinger and that he would be taking care of her for the day.

The victim stated Dillinger complimented her on how pretty she was and said he would “take good care of her.”

According to the court documents, the victim said Dillinger started to come in the room more often throughout the day and started kissing her arm and hand.

The victim told police Dillinger also asked if she would like him to go to the bathroom with her.

The report states towards the end of Dillinger’s shift he came back into the room and asked if the victim wanted him to massage her legs.

The victim told police while he was massaging her legs Dillinger started "rubbing her" in an inappropriate place.

The affidavit states Dillinger came into the victim’s room a final time. She said he wished her well and hoped she was not mad at him.

The next nurse came into the room after Dillinger’s shift and the victim asked to see a supervisor so she could explain what happened.

During the investigation, Batesville police learned Dillinger had been previously counseled for sexual harassment of hospital staff members, the court documents stated. 

Police interviewed Dillinger who told them he massaged the victim’s neck and shoulder and held her hand that was laying on her upper thigh.

According to the affidavit, Dillinger denied the sexual assault allegations and denied massaging her legs.

He did agree to give a cheek swab for comparison to the rape kit done on the victim.

Police interviewed Dillinger for a second time in which he told police he had been reading about DNA and how it was a good way to set someone up.

Based on the victim and suspect’s statement along with Dillinger’s previous history, Batesville police arrested him for sexual assault in the third degree.

Dillinger was given a $10,000 bond.

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