• Nurse suspended on sexual misconduct charges


    A licensed practical nurse in Pierce County had his license suspended after authorities said they found evidence of sexual misconduct with a vulnerable adult.

    Michael Van Kirk “allegedly forced the vulnerable adult to have sexual intercourse with him on multiple occasions,” according to a Washington Department of Health statement. “Several of these instances occurred at Van Kirk’s home where the victim sometimes stayed. The victim was receiving in-home care services from Van Kirk’s wife.”

    Van Kirk has 20 days to request a hearing to contest the charges and the suspension. Click here to read details of the Department of Health’s charges against Van Kirk.

    People concerned about care from a licensed health care provider in Washington can call (360) 236-4700.

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