Man arrested on battery against nurse

A 31-year-old man accused by a nurse of inappropriately touching her while she was treating him May 12 at Schneck Medical Center was arrested, police report.

Kenneth Joe Loudermilk, of Brownstown, who faces a charge of battery against a public safety official, was arrested Saturday by Seymour police.

The nurse told police Loudermilk was being treated in the emergency room at the Seymour hospital and had touched her in a “rude or insolent manner,” Detective Sgt. C.J. Foster said.

She was not physically injured as a result of the incident but told police that it “really bothered” her and gave her “a bad feeling” and scared her, Foster said.

The incident occurred while the nurse was attempting to hook Loudermilk to a cardiac monitor, she told police.

He grabbed her right arm with his left hand and took his right hand and grabbed her inappropriately, according to court records.

After smacking his hand away and “scolding him,” she told Loudermilk that his behavior was “unacceptable,” police said.

Another nurse was in the room when the incident occurred but was facing the opposite direction and did not witness the incident, according to court documents.

A relative also was visiting Loudermilk at the time, police report.

A short time later, when the nurse went back into the room to start an intravenous line on Loudermilk, he attempted to grab her inappropriately again, she told police.

This time, she was able to block Loudermilk, but he brought his hand up like he was going to hit her with the back of his hand, police said.

She told police she was “unnerved by the look” in Loudermilk’s eyes and left the room around 3 p.m. to call hospital security and another emergency room employee to talk to Loudermilk about his behavior, according to court records.

She also filled out an incident report with the hospital.

Loudermilk left the hospital around 5:43 p.m., prior to police arriving.

Police attempted to gain security footage of the incident from the hospital but were unable to because there were no cameras covering Loudermilk’s room, police said.

On Saturday, Foster and Officer Jeff Walters with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department went to Loudermilk’s residence and was told by his mother he was at his girlfriend’s house. He later was arrested there.

While being interviewed by police, Loudermilk denied he had grabbed the nurse inappropriately and said he was just reacting to the IV being put into his arm, according to court documents.

He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 12:34 p.m. Saturday. He was released at 5 p.m. Wednesday after posting $1,505 bond.

The battery charge is a Level 6 felony, punishable by six months to two and a half years in jail if convicted.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.