A Clarence Center nurse accused of having sexual contact with a patient in his care has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors.
Jordan Donalson, 23, admitted that he had a relationship with a 26-year-old female patient when, as State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns put it, “You knew you weren’t supposed to.”
Donalson pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible touching for contact with the woman, who was in a drug treatment program operated by Erie County Medical Center.
Donalson, a licensed practical nurse, was placed on leave from his job during the investigation. As part of his plea, he agreed not to apply for work at any state-run care facilities, according to his attorney, Andrew LoTempio.
The judge left his sentencing options open, noting punishment could range from probation to a year in jail.
LoTempio said that, before sentencing, he will provide the judge with copies of text messages the patient sent to Donalson, saying she wanted to date him. He also said after court that Donalson told him that, though he met the woman while she was in treatment, they didn’t start a relationship until after her release.
LoTempio also said he will give the judge records showing that, a few weeks after the two began seeing one another, an ex-boyfriend of the woman extorted $800 from Donalson by threatening to expose the relationship to his employer.
The case was brought by the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. A prosecutor with the center said it is against the law to have sexual contact of any kind with a patient who is at a facility licensed or certified by the state Office of Substance Abuse Services.