A nurse who recently moved to the Washington region from Iowa is facing criminal charges after being accused of sexually abusing four female patients at three D.C hospitals and a Prince George’s County health clinic.
Jared Nathan Kline, 37, who lives in Falls Church, was arrested Tuesday and charged with fondling patients and forcing them to inappropriately touch him. He was released from custody Wednesday by a D.C. Superior Court judge, who ordered him to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet until a preliminary hearing Dec. 10.
Officials reached at three of the four medical centers said they are working with authorities and have the best interests of patients in mind, although two declined to offer details on the case. One hospital did not return calls seeking comment.
Court documents describe Kline as a traveling nurse, with a nursing license from Iowa, who contracts his services to various local hospitals. A report from the D.C. Board of Nursing shows that after Kline was fired or suspended from one hospital, he had lined up work or was already working at others from May 2013 to August 2014, even as he was being investigated by police and the nursing board.
In addition, those board records show that he was hired at a hospital in Southeast Washington six months after police issued a warrant for his arrest in Maryland, where he was accused of an attack at a clinic in Bowie.
Authorities could not immediately explain whether the regulatory agency tells hospitals of pending investigations during background checks or whether hospitals routinely check with the board when they hire staff. The board, which is responsible for licensing nurses, suspended Kline’s ability to practice nursing in the District on Sept. 18, after the last accusation was made.
The Board of Nursing lists a post office box in Annandale and a house in Falls Church as addresses for Kline. A person who answered the phone at the house hung up when a reporter called. Kline’s résumé posted online lists numerous jobs at hospitals and clinics in Iowa and indicates a move to the D.C. area in late 2012 or early 2013.
In two cases, police interviewed Kline shortly after women filed complaints but said they needed more time to sort out the stories. In those cases, police said, Kline denied the allegations that he had forced patients to touch his genitals and described any contact as inadvertent.
The allegations detailed in an expansive police affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court are similar: While treating patients, Kline allegedly touched them in sexual ways or pressed himself against them. In some cases, victims told police that they were groggy from drugs and couldn’t immediately fight back or clearly understand what was happening. One woman told police that she pretended to be asleep. All the alleged victims are female; police initially said one was male.
The first allegation was made May 12, 2013, at George Washington University Hospital’s emergency room. A patient told police that, against the advice of her doctor, a male nurse named Jared had given her an intravenous injection of Benadryl, which can cause drowsiness. While draping a blanket over the woman, the nurse groped her buttocks, according to a police affidavit. Later, as she was partly asleep, she said, he came into her room several times and forced her to inappropriately touch him.
The hospital fired Kline two days later, according to the nursing board. A George Washington hospital spokeswoman read a statement saying the facility “is committed to the well being of our patients” and acts “swiftly with law enforcement and other regulatory agencies.”
On Dec. 29, Kline was working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and treating a woman who had passed out from being intoxicated. Police said that Kline was with her when she woke up and that he rubbed against her outstretched hand. Kline told police that he had a difficult time inserting an IV. He told authorities that he had worked at the hospital for four months. MedStar officials suspended him and reported the incident to the Board of Nursing. A spokeswoman for MedStar Washington Hospital Center declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
Records show Kline was already working at Bowie Health Center in Maryland, where he was accused in January of rubbing against a woman while inserting an IV. He was fired Feb. 14 after Prince George’s police charged him in an arrest warrant. Erika Murray, a spokeswoman for Dimensions Health Systems, which oversees the medical clinic in Bowie, said Kline was not an employee. He was hired, she said, on a contractual basis from an outside agency, which performed the background check. That check, she said, did not show any problems.
After he left the Bowie clinic, Kline, who was being sought by police, was working at United Medical Center in Southeast Washington, according to the Board of Nursing. Police said on Aug. 23, a woman complained that while being treated for asthma and on medication that made her “jittery,” he rubbed against her several times, unfastened her gown, massaged her back and ran his fingers through her hair.
After the woman was discharged, Kline obtained her cellphone number from hospital records and texted her about makeup she had left behind, police said. After she responded, police said that he texted her, “Anytime love, get better.” The woman turned the texts over to D.C. police, who traced the number to Kline’s cellphone.