Woman Files Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Norman Mental Hospital

Thursday, June 23rd 2016, 6:58 pm
By: Karl Torp

A civil lawsuit filed by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted at Griffin Memorial Hospital is moving forward.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled this week, that the case merits a trial in Cleveland County.

Court records show the alleged victim was admitted to the psychiatric hospital in 2011 after having suicidal thoughts.

When the pregnant woman complained of having contractions, she claims a male nurse lead her to an exam room and performed a pelvic exam.

Court records allege the nurse asked the 19-year-old if she was still in a “relationship with the father or was interested in dating other people.”

She also claims the nurse offered to perform another pelvic exam when she felt better.

Attorneys for the alleged victim claim surveillance video shows the two going into an exam room.

Griffin Memorial Hospital Executive Director Lori Jordan was not with the hospital at the time of the alleged incident, but told News9 no nursing staff member would perform a pelvic exam at the hospital.

“We’d send it out or have a specialist come in,” says Jordan.

The hospital confirms the nurse no longer works at Griffin Memorial.

The victim’s attorney claim he was fired and due to an incident at another hospital he wasn’t allowed to be left unsupervised with any patient.

The civil lawsuit was originally filed in 2012 but thrown out by a judge due to statute of limitations.

An appeals court upheld the ruling.

This week however, despite the statute, the Oklahoma Supreme Court concluded there is enough evidence for the case to go trial.

In statement to News 9, the mother of the alleged victims says "I am looking forward to having her story heard in front of a Cleveland County jury and that the truth come to light."

No criminal charges were filed after the alleged incident in 2011.