DENVER (AP) — A mix-up in paperwork by a prosecutor has once again postponed a hearing for a northern Colorado nurse charged with inappropriately touching six women under his care in Colorado and three more in Nebraska.
Thomas Moore was due in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing, which is now set for Aug. 22. It was another delay in the case after his public defender in June cited problems meeting with Moore, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported (http://tinyurl.com/jtv8x6e ).
Moore's attorney did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Moore faces eight felony and three misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct following an investigation that raised questions about gaps in licensing and screening processes for those hired to work with vulnerable patients.
He was fired from three hospitals before he was arrested, and a Nebraska hospital reported an unspecified incident involving him in 2013 that never led to charges. But without any prosecution pending, it doesn't seem that they shared the information with other facilities.
Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, reported an unspecified complaint involving Moore and a female patient to police in June 2013. No charges were filed at the time, but it's not clear why. Moore is now charged with abusing three women at the hospital in 2014 and 2015.
In Colorado, complaints to the nursing board are confidential, and officials say they can't even confirm whether a complaint exists. Any disciplinary actions taken as a result of a complaint, however, are made public.
Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com