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September 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Portland nurse gets 15 years for sex abuse of patients

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — A former emergency room nurse at a Portland hospital has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing nine patients and a hospital worker.

The Oregonian reports the plea bargain will mean a 15-year sentence for Jeffrey McAllister at formal sentencing Sept. 24.

Prosecutors alleged that the 39-year-old former police officer pretended to perform medical tasks and then inappropriately touched the genitals and breasts of patients.

Some women complained, but said complaints went nowhere or hospital workers didn’t believe them.

Federal investigators found that Legacy Emanuel Medical Center didn’t have systems to ensure patient safety, and the staff flouted regulations.

They threatened to withhold $250 million in Medicare funding, and the hospital hurriedly put together a prevention plan to salvage the money. A lawsuit against the hospital is to begin in April.

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