Slater man accused of inappropriately grabbing nurse at Ames hospital

A man has been charged with assault following an alleged incident inside an emergency room in Ames.

According to a criminal complaint, police were called to Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames on a report of a “disorderly patient.” That patient was later identified as 48-year-old William Robert Kirkman of Slater.

Kirkman is accused of reaching toward a female nurse who was taking samples of his blood and attempting to grab her sexually. The victim told investigators that Kirkman touched the victim’s pants “in the crotch area”.

The nurse reportedly told Kirkman that the act “was inappropriate, unacceptable, and [would] not be tolerated,” states the complaint. Kirkman is said to have questioned the nurse as to why and subsequently asked her to remove her clothes.

Kirkman was unrestrained and alone with the victim at the time of the assault, according to the complaint.

Court documents indicate that a warrant for Kirkman’s arrest was issued following an Ames Police Department investigation. He was later taken into custody and transported to the Story County Jail. According to the complaint, Kirkman was charged with Assault with Intent to Commit Sexual Abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor.

William R. Kirkman, 48, of Slater is accused of inappropriately touching a nurse during a blood draw at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. (Photo: Story County Jail)

Following an initial appearance on Monday, Kirkman posted bond and was given an arraignment date of Monday, April 24.

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