Utah man accused of sexually abusing 3 patients while working as registered nurse

Posted at 6:34 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 16:35:07-04
Mug shot: Adam Lim

Mug shot: Adam Lim

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A man who worked as a registered nurse in Salt Lake County is charged with two counts of object rape and one count of forcible sex abuse for allegedly touching patients inappropriately between 2009 and 2015.

According to a statement of probable cause filed August 31, 52-year-old Adam Tae Kyun Lim faces three felony charges for the alleged crimes involving three separate victims.

One count of object rape relates to an incident in January of 2009, when Lim was an R.N. at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City. A patient said Lim came into her room late one evening and, under the guise of checking on something, touched her genitals and penetrated her with his fingers. The patient had several devices attached to her, but none were in the area where the man allegedly touched her.

The victim’s mother was sleeping in the room, and the patient reported the incident to her after Lim left.

Marie Prothero, Executive Director of Quality at St. Mark’s Hospital, issued a statement Wednesday to FOX 13:

“Adam Tae Kyun Lim’s employment at St. Mark’s was terminated in Jan. 2012. We find the allegations made by the patients to be especially disturbing, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation that results from the charges.”

In February of 2014, Lim was working as an R.N. at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. A patient reported that Lim came into her room to give her pain medication and then told her he needed to check her catheter. The patient said the catheter was fine, but Lim allegedly insisted. She said instead of checking the catheter he spent a minute or two touching her inappropriately.

The patient said she pushed Lim’s hands away and told him to stop, but she said he didn’t stop or leave the room until she raised her voice. That incident is the basis for the second count of object rape.

The count of forcible sexual abuse relates to an incident in December of 2015, when Lim was again working as an R.N. at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. A patient said Lim came into her room one evening and said he needed to check her EKG leads, despite the fact she didn’t hear any alarms or other indications of an issue with the leads.

The patient alleges that Lim touched her chest area for several minutes, and she said she cried after he left and prayed he would not return. She stated the EKG leads were near her shoulders, but Lim’s touches focused on her breasts. Later that same evening, Lim allegedly returned to the room and gave the patient a drink, which she said she recognized as champagne.

The patient said she was concerned about having alcohol given her condition and was worried that a nurse was providing it for her, so she dumped the contents.

Both counts of object rape are first-degree felonies, while the count of forcible sexual abuse is a second-degree felony. It was not immediately clear Wednesday whether or not Lim has been booked into jail. FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.