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Cops Probed Psych Ward Shower Sex Story, Found No Crime: Spokeswoman

The allegations in a lawsuit filed Friday against Presence St. Joseph Medical and one of its employee were checked out by the cops last year, a spokeswoman said.

The former Provena, now Presence, St. Joseph Medical Center
The former Provena, now Presence, St. Joseph Medical Center
A Plainfield woman's lawsuit alleging a Presence St. Joseph Medical Center worker had sex with her in a shower while she was a patient in the psychiatric ward was probed by the police a year ago, a spokeswoman said.

"The safety of our patients is of the utmost importance to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center," Presence Health spokeswoman Andrea Benander said in an email. "The allegations in the lawsuit were thoroughly investigated by the hospital and the Joliet Police Department a year ago; no charges were filed."

The lawsuit filed in Will County court Friday accuses St. Joseph employee Maurice Nelson of having sex with Plainfield resident Courtney Payer in October 2012.

Payer is a "high risk patient with clear and obvious diminished mental capacity," the lawsuit said.

Nelson and the hospital are both named as defendants.

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Patty Giorgio Kurz October 12, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Why would you publish the name of an alleged rapist when he has not been charged? You say that no charges were filed, and that a lawsuit is in process. I know about FOI, etc., but there was no reason to put that ALLEGED perp's name in any publication unless and until he is proven guilty... though I question the wisdom of doing that as well.

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