A medical malpractice lawsuit accuses a male nurse practitioner formerly based at an area high school of fondling the breast of a female student during an exam in 2017.
The now-former student is seeking compensation for trauma, physical anguish and emotional distress from the federal government, which the suit says operated the clinic at Craig County High School.
The nurse practitioner is no longer working at the school-based clinic, the Craig County Wellness Center, said Ashley Trainque, medical site manager at the clinic. He is not being named in The Roanoke Times because he is not named as a defendant in the suit now pending in Roanoke federal court.
In addition, online court records do not show that he was charged with a crime over the alleged incident. He still holds a valid Virginia medical license, according to online records of the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
The student stepped into a room with the nurse practitioner for a sports physical in May 2018, the suit said. In addition to touching her breast, he touched the student’s spine for an unusually long time but did no other procedures that had often occurred during other sports physicals the student had undergone, the suit said.
The suit accuses the United States in its role as operator of the clinic and employer of the former nurse practitioner of medical malpractice and negligent retention. It had received information to indicate that the nurse practitioner was examining students for unduly long periods, the suit said.
Not only did he fail to provide appropriate care, the clinic failed to supervise him and should have arranged for a woman to be present when he examined female students, the suit said. The nurse practitioner identified himself as a doctor to the plaintiff, overstating his credentials and indicating another lapse in government oversight, the suit said.
The high school clinic operates under the umbrella of the West Virginia-based Monroe Health Center, which receives federal funds to provide health care in underserved areas. Monroe is not named as a defendant in the suit.
The federal government has not responded to the suit, which was filed Nov. 10.
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