A former certified nursing aide at Boulder’s Mesa Vista assisted living facility accused of inappropriately touching a female patient has pleaded guilty in his case.
Joseph Eddington Collins, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual contact – no consent, a Class 1 misdemeanor, according to online records.
In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed a felony count of unlawful sexual contact – fake medical exam and a misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual contact on a helpless victim.
Collins is set for sentencing on Oct. 30. Boulder County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Carbone said attorneys have agreed on a five-year term of sex offender intensive supervised probation. A punitive sanction such as jail time could still be issued by the judge as a condition of that probation.
Collins remains out of custody on a $1,000 cash bond.
According to an affidavit, Collins was suspended by the facility after the incident was reported and then later resigned because he “didn’t want people to be uncomfortable.”
Boulder police said the reported assault occurred at Mesa Vista, 2121 Mesa Drive, on Sept. 6.
According to an arrest affidavit, the woman paged for a nurse to help change her and said Collins came in. But the woman said the cleaning took “longer than it should,” and that Collins continued to rub her genital area even after she said he could stop and that she was clean.
The woman said Collins also made several “off-color” comments during the incident that made her feel uncomfortable and also offered to rub lotion on her.
The Boulder police detective in the affidavit wrote that Collins “knowingly subjected victim to unlawful sexual contact when he engaged in a manner substantially inconsistent with reasonable medical practices.”
When contacted by police on Sept. 17 after he resigned, Collins said he only did what the patient requested.
Collins did say he had been reprimanded by Mesa Vista for watching pornography on a computer at work about a month before the incident, but claimed his computer was not working.
But Boulder police also found that Collins, who has been a certified nurses aide for about 20 years, was named in a federal lawsuit that claimed he sexually assaulted two patients while working at Cherry Creek Nursing Center in Aurora.
Collins is not the named party in the suit, which was filed in 2017, but the suit claims Collins sexually assaulted two female patients while at Cherry Creek. The suit claims neither incident was reported to authorities.