Saturday, November 20, 2010

Crooks, Mercy Hospital physicians assistant, arrested, released on bond, facing rape charges in Riley County

HERE is the story from WIBW:
 "Riley County Police issued an arrest warrant for 54-year-old Christopher John Crooks earlier this month. Crooks was a contracted physician's assistant at Mercy Hospital...
A Manhattan physician's assistant turned himself in to face rape charges.Riley County Police issued an arrest warrant for 54-year-old Christopher John Crooks earlier this month. Crooks turned himself in Tuesday. He was released on bond. Police say the victim was a female in her late teens, who was not able to give consent because of mental deficiency or disease.

Crooks worked at Mercy Regional Health Care as a contracted physician's assistant. Hospital officials say he has been taken off the schedule."


You can read about this charge
 (rape or sexual battery) generally  HERE (ksu) and HERE (statutes and local sexual assault registry pics and links).
In short, here is a description of rape and other lesser charges such as sexual battery: (from the K-State Policy Prohibiting Sexual Violence)

"(All acts outlined below are prohibited only when they are not mutually consensual. Consent is the positive cooperation in act or attitude pursuant to an exercise of free will.)

The persons consenting must act freely and voluntarily and have knowledge of the nature of the act or transaction involved. The determination regarding the presence or absence of consent shall be based upon the totality of the circumstances present in a particular case, including the context in which the alleged incidents occurred. Consent will not necessarily be inferred from silence or passivity alone.
An act is nonconsensual
 if the victim verbally or otherwise indicates refusal or:

a) is overcome by force or fear

b) is unconscious or physically powerless

c) is incapable of giving consent because of mental deficiency or disease or because of the effect of any alcoholic liquor, narcotic drug or other substance, which condition was known by the offender or was reasonably apparent to the offender.

B. The following acts are covered by this Policy, whether attempted or completed:
1. any penetration, however slight, of the female sex organ by a finger, the male sex organ, or any object;
2. oral or anal copulation or any penetration, however slight, of the anal opening by any body part or object;
3. touching another person with any body part, substance, or object in a sexual context or in a sexual way or to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the offender or another;
4. disrobing oneself, disrobing another or causing another to disrobe in a sexual context or a sexual way or to arouse or satisfy the sexual desires of the offender or another;
5. causing another person to see, hear, or become aware of sexual activity or sexually-sensitive body parts if the intention of the offender is to arouse or satisfy sexual desires of the offender or if the acts would arouse fear in the victim.

Excessive use of alcohol and other drugs precedes many incidents of sexual violence. Use of these substances may interfere with one's capacity either to consent to or to refuse sexual activity, and taking advantage of that vulnerability is unacceptable. Under no circumstances does the use of alcohol or other drugs diminish personal responsibility for aggressive or other socially unacceptable behavior." (page 1)


More about this case monday

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