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Police seeking nurse abuse victims

— The Portland Police Bureau is seeking to learn whether patients at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles have also been sexually abused by Jeffrey Neyle McAllister, a former nurse accused of crimes in Portland.

McAllister, 38, has been indicted for allegedly assaulting three patients in private rooms at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland before being fired. He was arrested July 10 at his northwest Portland home following an investigation that began with a patient complaint in April.

She alleged McAllister sexually abused her while she was in Legacy’s emergency room seeking medical treatment. Two other women have since come forward with similar reports.

“We don’t know if there are other women who have had problems with Mr. McAllister, but we’re covering all the bases,” said Jason Christensen, a detective with the Portland police.

Because crimes have to be prosecuted in the county where they occur, The Dalles Police Det. Sgt. Dan Nelson will look into any local complaints that come forward. He is conferring with Christensen and Detective Heidi Helwig on the case.

Nelson can be reached at 541-296-2613 or via email at dnelson@ci.the-dalles.or.us.

In Multnomah County, McAllister faces two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sex abuse, four counts of first-degree sodomy and one count each of second- and third-degree sex abuse. He is being held in the Multnomah County Jail on a $2.26 million bail.

He has been accused by prosecutors of assaulting women who were seeking treatment at the Portland hospital’s emergency room Sept. 24, 2012, Jan. 15 and Feb. 14, according to a July 11 court indictment.

Dick Baltus, spokesperson for Mid-Columbia Medical Center, said McAllister was hired as a casual part-time emergency department nurse by Mid-Columbia Medical Center on Sept. 21, 2009.

He said MCMC administrators were notified June 5 about the investigation that involved McAllister’s employment at Legacy. Detectives from Portland requested he not be notified of the investigation so MCMC chose to handle the situation by not calling him to work.

“On June 12, 2013, the Portland Police notified us that Mr. McAllister was now aware that he was under investigation,” explained Baltus in a written statement . “On that date, we sent a certified letter to him notifying him that he was suspended without pay. As of today, MCMC had not received any complaints from patients or employees about Mr. McAllister. MCMC leaders are working closely with the Portland Police Bureau and also have been in contact with the State Board of Nursing.”

McAllister was employed at Legacy as an emergency room technician from 2005 to 2008 and as a registered nurse in the emergency room from 2008 until April, when the investigation began and he was fired.

He also worked as an on-call nurse in the emergency room at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, but was placed on paid administrative leave when officials learned of the allegations at Legacy.

McAllister’s employment history also includes law enforcement experience as a Legacy Health System Security Officer, a police officer in Beaverton and Seaside, and a reserve officer for the Independence Police Department.

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