LAFAYETTE, Colo. (CBS4)– The arrest affidavit has shed more light on the accusations against a hospital chaplain charged with unlawful sexual contact with an at-risk adult.
Katsutoshi “Karl” Shimada worked for Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette. He’s accused of unlawful forced sexual contact with a blind woman. That woman also suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.
Shimada, 56, lives in Littleton with his mother. He is free on bail.
His neighbors refuse to believe the accusations against Shimada.
“You hear these allegations and you can’t judge somebody by allegations,” said one neighbor.
“He’s a wonderful person. I would not suspect he would do anything unlawful,” said friend Lavonne Carter.
When asked what she thought when she heard the accusations against him, Carter responded, “Impossible.”
Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center spokeswoman Mary Jackson refused to comment on the charges, “I am not at liberty to speak about the issue at hand. We are concerned about the case and the allegations related to this particular matter.”
Accordin to the arrest affidavit, Shimada met the woman from Louisville in her hospital room where she was being treated.
They arranged to meet for a date on May 23. The report states after dinner, as Shimada was leaving her apartment, he forced her hand onto her crotch and grabbed her breast while pressing against her. Then he walked away.
The woman said after the date, Shimada continued to call her.
The alleged victim was concerned there may be other victims and she contacted Louisville police.
The police tapped her phone line to gather evidence. During one phone call, the chaplain said he was “very sorry” for what happened.
He was arrested last week. Shimada is scheduled to appear in court September 20 for a preliminary hearing.