Former nursing aide sentenced for abuse

OLYMPIA – A judge sentenced a former nursing assistant at RooLan Health Care Center in Lacey to eight years, four months to life in prison Thursday for molesting a 3-year-old girl he babysat in the Olympia area.

Spencer Kyle Woodruff, 21, earlier pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree child molestation in connection with the molestation of the girl, court papers state. The molestation occurred between January and September 2010.

Thurston County Prosecutor Christy Peters said Woodruff has admitted to molesting three other alleged victims – a younger sister to his first victim, who was 1-year-old when the abuse occurred, and two former patients, both elderly women, at the RooLan Health Care Center.

However, Woodruff was not charged with additional crimes because the prosecutors could not get victim statements that would be necessary to build a criminal case, Peters said. The 1-year-old was too young to provide a statement, she said. Peters said of the two RooLan patients,one has died and the other suffers from dementia.

Peters said 3-years-old is the youngest sex abuse victim she has ever seen in a case she has prosecuted.

Woodruff’s nursing assistant credentials were permanently revoked after the Washington Department of Health conducted its own investigation into the allegations of molestation.

A DOH investigation found that Woodruff “has sexually molested two children and two vulnerable adults,” according to its findings of fact and conclusions of law. “Respondent has exhibited a pattern of predatory behavior and engaged in nonconsensual, sexual contact with children and vulnerable adults on multiple occasions. Respondent intentionally selected vulnerable victims who were under his care.”

In an interview last year, the owner of RooLan on Carpenter Road said that Woodruff passed a Washington State Patrol criminal background check, which is required for all health care providers. RooLan owner and administrator Burton Levee added that Woodruff’s background was checked with the state’s nursing commission.

“There was nothing in his background checks that came up negative,” he said in December 2010.