Ex-Rapides Regional nurse gets prison sentence for molesting patient

Written by
Billy Gunn

Former registered nurse Phillip Raines on Friday was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for the sexual battery of a male patient who was sedated after an emergency appendectomy.

State district Judge Thomas Yeager said Raines, 47, married and the father of four, will serve the time in jail at hard labor without the possibility of parole or probation.

Once he’s out of prison, Raines will have to register as a sex offender.

Yeager also admonished officials at Raines’ former employer, Rapides Regional Medical Center of Alexandria, saying the hospital delayed calling police on the morning of the assault and didn’t fully cooperate in the initial investigation.

Raines was convicted April 19 by a six-person jury in a unanimous decision that took less than an hour.

He was fired by Rapides Regional after the incident and later had his nursing license revoked by the Louisiana Board of Nursing.

Sexual battery in Louisiana carries a sentence of up to 10 years.

“I took a walk in the moonlight last night” to think about the length of Raines’ sentence, Yeager said.

“Mr. Raines had a special duty (as a nurse),” Yeager said. “Mr. Raines did not provide that special duty.”

The victim, now 26, was in the courtroom with his mother and father. Neither the victim nor his parents gave a victim’s impact statement.

The victim was 23 when on a Sunday in May 2009 he needed an emergency appendectomy. He testified that he awoke in a recovery room to find Raines molesting him in several ways.

He bolted from the room and down the hospital halls half naked trying to get away, according to testimony and video. He ran outside the back of the hospital, around the side and to the front before he found hospital workers in the emergency room.

Phillip Wayne Raines

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