Triage Nurse Charged with Forcibly Sexually Assaulting Patient During Hospital Stay


According to a recent citation, a nurse at Baptist Health Richmond allegedly forcibly sexually assaulted a patient in the hospital on multiple occasions.

Buckmaster was also a volunteer firefighter in Berea but has since been suspended pending the litigation.

Records from Kentucky State Police detail that 49-year-old Alvin C. Buckmaster of Berea was a triage nurse for the victim last October, where he began to assault and expose himself to the victim while she was instructed by him to attempt to produce a urine sample in the bathroom of the hospital. Video surveillance, according to the citation, shows the two alone in the bathroom for multiple minutes before she was able to come out with a urine sample.

The victim and Buckmaster, according to police, were alone on 9 separate occasions later on during her hospital stay. During this time he allegedly made her touch him inappropriately and sexually assaulted her, even during times when he was there to draw blood.

The victim agreed to a sexual assault examination following the nine instances of alleged sexual assault and clothes were collected for DNA testing by Kentucky State Police.

Buckmaster was taken into custody yesterday afternoon by Madison County Deputies and is lodged in the Madison County Detention Center charged with 1st degree Sexual Abuse.

Kentucky State Police have issued a statement saying that the hospital is cooperating with authorities during this investigation.