Brooke Sanders spoke to her doctor before the surgery, but when she woke up, he had disappeared. That’s when she learned he’d been arrested while she was under.
As Fox 13 News reports, Dr. Nathan Ward, a 55-year-old OB/GYN in Bountiful, Utah, was arrested in July on child pornography charges. After making bail, the doctor was arrested again on August 4 — this time for child sex abuse.Davis County Jail
It was after Ward’s July arrest that Sanders sat in the hospital, waiting for her doctor to show up with test results. She told Fox 13:
“At that point, when he didn’t show up, I was just kind of worried for myself like ‘Is there something wrong with me? Was the surgery OK?'”
Sanders was stunned to learn her doctor had been arrested while she was under anesthetic, especially because his specialty requires a high level of trust from his patients:
“Women who are bearing their child, they put a lot of trust into their doctors and it’s sad to know that trust can be broken so easily and I can’t imagine what all the ladies are feeling that have had their babies must be going through.”
According to KSL News, Ward first became the subject of an investigation when he was linked to sexually exploitative photos of children that had been uploaded from Bountiful’s Lakeview Hospital. As the investigation continued, authorities found more photos and disturbing evidence of sexual abuse.
Ward reportedly engaged in explicit online conversations. According to KSL, a police report states:
The suspect discloses that he has raped a 15-year-old who was drunk on vodka, after her father ‘set it up.’ The suspect also states he raped a 13-year-old.
Ward has been in practice for 25 years and is well known in his community. But after his July arrest, he was suspended from Lakeview Hospital.
The news that the OB/GYN is accused of sex crimes has left longtime patients feeling betrayed. Carli Denning, who was Ward’s patient for a decade, told Fox 13:
“It’s so disheartening because he gave me two beautiful boys and how could a man like that do that?”
“This all shocks me I can’t believe this is the same man. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
Ward has now been charged with sodomy of a child, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, forcible sex abuse, forcible sodomy, and sexual exploitation of a minor. It is not known how many victims were involved, but charging documents indicate that Ward held a position of trust to the teenage girl.
Ward is currently being held without bail and faces life in prison if convicted.