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Man misses birth of his child after fondling nurse, police say

Published October 9, 2009 5:20 pm

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Police arrested a Bountiful man early Friday for allegedly groping a nurse who was helping a woman who was in labor with his baby at an Ogden hospital.

Adam Jay Manning, 30, brought a pregnant woman in labor to McKay-Dee Hospital around 3 a.m. Friday, said Ogden police Lt. Loring Draper. When a nurse came to assist the couple, Manning looked the nurse "up and down" and made an observation about her appearance, Draper said.

"He makes a comment about how cute she looks," Draper said.

The nurse ignored Manning and continued helping the woman in labor, who was in a wheelchair and waiting to be taken to a delivery room. Manning continued his pursuit of the nurse, however, by telling her something looked wrong with her neck, Draper said. He attempted to massage the nurse's neck and then reached out and grabbed her breast, Draper said.

The nurse pushed Manning away and moved to the other side of the wheelchair, Draper said. She reported the incident to police, who arrested Manning on suspicion of felony forcible sexual abuse.

He was being held in the Weber County jail.

Manning pleaded guilty in February 2008 to shoplifting, a class B misdemeanor, and was sentenced to a year of probation that included classes at New Horizons, a mental health and substance abuse treatment center. In June, Manning pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, also a class B misdemeanor. He was sentenced to fines and a year of probation, which he allegedly violated -- a judge issued a warrant for his arrest Sept. 14, court records show.

Draper said it's unclear whether the woman in labor was married to Manning or if she was a girlfriend. She gave birth to the baby after Manning's arrest.

"Obviously, he wasn't there for the birth of the child," Draper said.

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