Utah court overturns convictions of nurse charged with sexually abusing patients

The Utah Court of Appeals has overturned the 2018 convictions of Adam Tae Kyun Lim, now 58, of Herriman, a nurse who was serving a prison sentence for sexually abusing hospital patients.

The Utah Court of Appeals has overturned the 2018 convictions of Adam Tae Kyun Lim, now 58, of Herriman, a nurse who was serving a prison sentence for sexually abusing hospital patients. (Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Court of Appeals has overturned the convictions of a registered nurse serving a potential life prison sentence in the sexual assaults of three women while they were patients at local hospitals and ordered that he receive new trials.

On Monday, the Utah Attorney General's Office once again filed criminal charges against Adam Tae Kyun Lim, 58, of Herriman, but this time in two separate court filings.

Lim was accused of inappropriately touching three women he was caring for between 2009 and 2015 while working as a registered nurse at St. Mark's Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center. In 2016, he was charged with two counts of object rape, a first-degree felony, and forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony.

A jury convicted Lim on all counts in 2018 and he was sentenced to a total of 11 years to life in the Utah State Prison.

Lim appealed his conviction, arguing that the charges should have been tried separately and not as one event. In June, the Utah Court of Appeals agreed with Lim.

"The incidents took place over nearly seven years, with over five years separating the first two incidents and almost two years separating the second and third incidents. Despite the long period of time between the instances of alleged abuse and some dissimilarities among the incidents, the state charged Lim in a single information. When Lim moved to sever the counts for separate trials, the district court denied the motion, and Lim was tried and found guilty on the three counts in a single trial," the appeals court wrote in its decision. "We agree with Lim. We reverse and remand for new trials in which the counts are severed."

According to the Utah Court of Appeals, the crimes Lim is accused of committing "were not part of a common scheme or plan, and joining them was unfairly prejudicial."

On Monday, Lim was charged with two counts of rape, a first-degree felony, in two separate court filings, for incidents in 2009 at St. Mark's Hospital and in 2014 at Intermountain Medical Center. He is accused of inappropriately touching each woman under the guise of checking their catheters, according to charging documents.

During a status hearing on Monday, a judge ordered Lim be transferred from the Utah State Prison back to the Salt Lake County Jail where he will be held without bail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 29.

After Lim was originally charged in 2016, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing issued an emergency order and suspended his license. The division report listed 12 women dating back to 2006 who claimed they were inappropriately touched or sexually assaulted by Lim. The emergency order states that Lim had shown a pattern of "approaching female patients alone in their rooms late at night after they had been sedated or were under the influence of mind-altering substances."

Licensing officials concluded that Lim "poses an immediate and significant danger to the public health, safety and welfare" and "may continue to be an imminent and significant danger to the public," the report says.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News


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