Crime

Health assistant suspended after sex charge

A former nursing assistant at RooLan Health Care Center in Lacey who allegedly molested two girls he baby-sat and had sexual contact with two patients at the assisted-living facility has had his credentials suspended by the state Department of Health.

The summary suspension of Spencer Woodruff, 20, means he cannot practice or be employed as a nursing assistant in Washington, pending the outcome of a hearing.

Woodruff is accused of molesting “two minor females while babysitting them” between June and October and having sexual contact with the patients during the same period, according to the statement of charges.

The owner of RooLan on Carpenter Road in Lacey said Tuesday that Woodruff passed a Washington State Patrol criminal background check, which is required for all health care providers under state law. Owner and administrator Burton Levee said RooLan also checked Woodruff’s background with the state’s nursing commission.

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

No patients or other employees of RooLan complained about Woodruff. The information about the alleged sexual contact came about as part of a criminal investigation, Levee said.

“We were extremely upset to find out about this circumstance,” he said.

Woodruff is not charged criminally, according to Thurston County Superior Court records.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5465 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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