BC War Veteran With PTSD Sues Psychiatric Nurse After Sex, Plans To Marry: Writ

Craig Dolan was being treated as an inpatient for combat-induced PTSD and subsequent heroin and cocaine addiction.

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A war veteran with PTSD who is suing his psychiatric nurse and his former employer for sexual acts, inappropriate professional conduct and manipulation, said he exhibited flirtatious mannerisms by telling him he smelled good during a psychiatric evaluation in September 2021, immediately following his hospitalization, according to a writ filed in court.

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Craig Dolan, an Afghanistan veteran with a psychiatric disability, argues in civil suit notice filed in BC Supreme Court that Victoria Wilson, his assigned nurse during his 90-day stay at Sunshine Coast Health Center in Powell River, she then asked him to sneak out to her Christmas party and text and other social media messages before they kissed about a month into her hospitalization.

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Dolan was being treated as an inpatient for combat-induced PTSD and subsequent heroin and cocaine addiction for the second time at the center, having relapsed after completing the 90-day program in 2019, the filing said.

In October 2021, he and Wilson had sex regularly in his room and office at the center, while under his direct care for several treatments a day, and once in a hotel room when Dolan snuck out of the facility according to the mandate.

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Defendant Wilson told the plaintiff not to tell anyone because it was frowned upon, the writ said.

Wilson sent nude photos of herself, talked about wanting to be a couple, and sent him photos of her ovulation times and romantic notes, according to the act.

The two were planning their life together, and on Dec. 5, 2021, two days after Dolan was released from treatment, Wilson told him, “I love you, I want to have your baby,” she said in the deed.

Dolan returned to his home in Ontario that day, and their relationship continued, with the exchange of postcards and romantic gifts. When he returned to Vancouver for a weekend, they spent the whole time together.

They also met in Toronto and celebrated Valentine’s Day in a hotel room. They were looking at wedding venues as their relationship progressed, the deed said.

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Wilson quit his job at the Sunshine Coast facility in February 2022. The two met in Vancouver in April 2022, staying downtown, going to the Vancouver Canucks game and having expensive dinners, which cost Wilson $4,000. the deed said.

And she bought Dolan earrings, a necklace and a bracelet worth $7,000, she said in the warrant.

Dolan ended the relationship in June 2022.

The warrant alleged that the treatment center had abandoned Dolan in its duty of care owed to him because of his knowledge of Wilson’s actions or because it had received reports from others of conduct warranting further investigation and action.

Dolan said in her subpoena that during office hours Wilson texted him a picture of herself and her nursing supervisor and another nurse, saying the supervisor says hello and she was doing karaoke with the nurse. The act found that both are still listed as employees on the center’s website.

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As an apparent result of the sexual acts, manipulation and inappropriate professional conduct inflicted upon the plaintiff by Defendant Wilson and walkout from downtown, Dolan suffered grievous bodily harm, damages and losses, the writ states.

He seeks the filing that Wilson and the center violated the standard of care and fiduciary duties owed to Dolan, as well as general, special, pecuniary, aggravated and punitive damages, as well as loss of earning capacity, the writ states.

Both defendants were negligent in their duty to prevent patient abuse, he said.

His act lists his injuries as anxiety, loss of emotional and mental health, mental distress, emotional trauma, loss of confidence, strayed social ability, withdrawal from others, emotional exhaustion, PTSD, insomnia, depression, and relapse of his addiction and PTSD.

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The allegations have not been proven in court, and Wilson and the center have not filed a response to the complaint.

Messages left with Wilson and the center on Monday were not returned.

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