Nurse accused of raping, impregnating patient in vegetative state was churchgoing family man, ex-neighbor says

New information has emerged about the suspect accused of raping an incapacitated woman who gave birth last month at an Arizona medical facility.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 36-year-old Nathan Sutherland was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting the 29-year-old woman while he was employed as a nurse at Hacienda Healthcare.

The woman gave birth to a baby boy on December 29. At the time she went into labor, staff at the facility claimed they did not know she was pregnant.

A former neighbor of the suspect expressed shock upon hearing the nature of his alleged crime, as reported by Fox News.

Esella Burr told reporters she lived next door to Sutherland and his family for about five years. During that time, she said he went to church weekly with his wife.

According to Burr, the couple has four children and lived in the home next to hers in the Phoenix area until moving in October. She said he appeared friendly and would often wave or make small talk in a neighborly manner.

She reported that Sutherland told her that he enjoyed his position as a nurse at the facility.

As authorities announced on Wednesday, Sutherland is expected to face criminal charges including sexual assault and vulnerable adult abuse.

Investigators reportedly used DNA evidence to track down the suspect in what Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams described as “good old-fashioned police work.”

A court commissioner set cash bail at $500,000 and stipulated that Sutherland wear an electronic monitor upon his release, as CBS News reported.

[Featured image: Nathan Sutherland, handout]