Nurse convicted of crimes never faced background check

Nurse convicted of crimes never faced background check

Excerpted from FOX31 NEWS story by Rob Low

BRIGHTON, Colo. — An Adams County judge sentenced former nurse Thomas Moore to 12 years in prison Tuesday morning for molesting a patient.
The sentence will run concurrent with a similar plea deal in Weld County where Moore was convicted of identical crimes.

Investigators say Moore, 45, molested at least 10 patients across Colorado and Wyoming, where he still faces more charges. At the time of the crime, Colorado was one of five states that didn’t allow state regulators to collect fingerprints for background checks on nurses.

“If Thomas Moore would have been investigated or properly been looked into he wouldn’t have been hired anywhere else. He would have lost his license a long time ago,” said one of Moore’s victims, who asked to have her identity protected.

Prosecutors say her story mirrors what other victims told them: That Moore would molest patients after giving them powerful narcotics to treat a migraine.

Moore had been arrested for DUI and convicted of child abuse in 2011. That was enough for Alaska to take away his nursing license in 2014.

But Colorado didn’t suspend Moore’s license until January 2016, after he was arrested for allegedly molesting a patient in Larimer County.

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