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Federal Way R.N. surrenders license in wake of rape charge

by September 20th, 2012

In an order made public today by the Washington State Department of Health, a former registered nurse named Konstantin V. Kurkov who worked in the emergency room of St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way has agreed to permanently surrender his license, following criminal charges of second degree rape of a patient, and administrative proceedings alleging unprofessional conduct.

Kurkov, now 24, and registered to vote at an address on 146th Avenue E. in the town of Graham in Pierce County, settled the criminal charges earlier by entering a so-called Alford Plea to a lesser charge of second degree assault. An Alford Plea indicates no admission of guilt but acknowledging the evidence was substantial. He was sentenced on that charge to 90 days home detention earlier this month by King County Superior Court Judge Mike Heavey, but had already served 95 days in jail, so was released. The sentence also included a $1,000 fine, 12 months probation and a requirement Kurkov get a professional evaluation for sexual deviancy and follow the recommendations.

In the meantime, the surrender of his registered nursing license to DOH’s Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission also means he will never be able to hold any kind of health care license in Washington State for the rest of his life. In March, 2011, just 14 months after being granted his state R.N. license, Kurkov sexually abused a female patient by inappropriately probing her genital area after she came in to the ER for back pain. She initially believed he was a doctor based on his words and actions at the time.

Further details of the DOH allegations and a link to the original criminal charges were reported by Public Data Ferret in late April, 2011, shortly after the state’s inquiry was made public.

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