Former New Milford nurse pleads not guilty to sexual assault

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TORRINGTON — The former New Milford Hospital nurse accused of inappropriately touching a patient in 2019 has pleaded not guilt to the first- and fourth-degree sexual assault charges brought against him last year.

Charnjit Singh Bains was arrested last July following a New Milford police investigation into a complaint filed by a woman who said Bains sexually assaulted her when she was a patient at the hospital in December 2019.

Bains’ attorney, Brian J. Woolf, described the not guilty pleas entered in his client’s case as “procedural.”

“We entered pro forma not guilty jury election pleas, (which) stick you on the pre-trial calendar,” the East Hartford-based attorney said Wednesday.

Woolf said the case is still “very much in its embryonic stages,” but the discovery process has begun.

According to the warrant for Bains’ arrest, the victim told a female nurse and the hospital’s chief nursing officer she had been sexually assaulted the day it allegedly happened — but the hospital waited two days to perform a sexual assault kit.

The victim reported the incident to New Milford police five days later, the warrant states.

Nuvance Health — the health system of which New Milford Hospital is a member — has declined to comment on or provide information relating to Bains’ arrest.

Hospital staff told police they “were unaware of any other complaints made against (Bains) over the course of his employment,” according to the warrant — but over the course of the police investigation, authorities discovered other sexual assault complaints had been made against him in the past.

Bains surrendered his nursing license days after being arrested, according to the state Department of Public Health.

The 62-year-old is out on a $250,000 professional surety bond and has a pre-trial hearing scheduled for May 7, at state Superior Court in Torrington.