Sen. Moran joins fight to learn more about the background of the former VA physicians assistant accused of sexual battery

Published: Sep. 6, 2016 at 1:21 PM CDT
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A U.S. Senator is joining state representatives to find out how a former VA hospital physician’s assistant was able to get a job, despite being convicted of a crime.

Mark Wisner has been charged with aggravated sexual battery, aggravated criminal sodomy and misdemeanor sexual battery and faces several federal lawsuits. The alleged crimes reportedly occurred while he was employed at the VA hospital in Leavenworth. During an investigation it was determined that Wisner had a criminal history before he was employed with the VA.

“It is deeply disturbing that someone entrusted to care for our nation’s veterans would instead subvert that trust to perpetrate such heinous crimes,” said U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan.

Moran is pressing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and VA Inspector General Michael Missal for details on how the allegations against Wisner were made possible.

“The facts surrounding these abuses must be fully examined in order to prevent a situation where veterans are subjected to an individual who adds to their wounds of war rather than healing them," Moran said.

In a letter dated Sept. 2, Moran asks McDonald if the VA investigated Wisner’s criminal record before he was hired. He also asks for an explanation on the process of completing background checks for applicants, what crimes disqualify an applicant and who is responsible for making that determination.

U.S. Representatives Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder have also appealed to the VA for facts about Wisner’s hiring. In July they sent a

to Deputy Inspector General Linda Halliday to find out how Wisner passed the initial background check.

You can read Moran’s full letter