In a case marked by court delays, a male nurse has finally been sentenced to 34 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting three male patients.
Two of the men were medically incapacitated at the time they were victimized by Richard Alan Nolan, 49, of Buena Park, in 2009. Nolan falsely identified himself as a doctor in July 2010, when he masturbated a man receiving a physical. The licensed vocational nurse was arrested on Aug. 18 of that year by Anaheim Police detectives.
A jury found Nolan guilty of the crimes on June 21, 2013, but due to various moves by the defense final sentencing did not happen until Friday, prompting someone close to a victim to proclaim, "Justice is finally served!"
Here is the order of the crimes:
* On June 9, 2009, a male was sedated in a Western Medical Center hospital bed when Nolan–then a five-year employee of the Anaheim facility–entered the room and forcibly orally copulated the patient, who was restrained due to his injuries and unable to resist.
* In December 2009, Nolan orally copulated a second male patient who was asleep and also restrained and unable to resist the sexual assault due to his medical condition.
* On July 29, 2010, "Dr. Nolan" masturbated the third male under the false pretense of performing a physical exam "with no legitimate medical purpose for touching the victim in that manner," according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).
A jury in Westminster found Nolan guilty of one felony count each of forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by fraud, sexual battery on an institutionalized victim, and forcible oral copulation and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery on an institutionalized victim. A sentencing enhancement for multiple victims was found true.
The victim who underwent the phony physical delivered an impact statement Friday that described Nolan as "a monster who violated a position of trust to take advantage of people in their most vulnerable state."
Time will tell if a fellow prison inmate returns the favor.