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Legacy ER nurse charged with sexually abusing patients

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A former ER nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused several patients while on the job.

Jeffrey N. McAllister, 38, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sex abuse, four counts of first-degree sodomy, second-degree sex abuse and third-degree sex abuse.

The charges relate to three patients who sought medical care at Legacy's emergency room. Investigators believe there are more victims.

The investigation began in April when a patient told police that McAllister had inappropriate sexual contact with her at the ER. As the investigation progressed, detectives learned of more victims.

McAllister worked at Legacy as an ER technician from 2005 to 2008 and as a registered nurse from 2008 to 2013.

McAllister is no longer employed by Legacy, as of April, according to a Portland police news release.

He is on administrative leave from his current employers, Providence St. Vincent Hospital and Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, police said.

Providence on Wednesday issued a statement that McCallister was placed on leave two days after being hired there -- once officials learned of the investigation.

Providence officials said they are working closely with Portland police and have been in contact with the State Board of Nursing. They haven't received any complaints there from patients or employees about McCallister.

A spokesman at Mid-Columbia described McCallister as a "casual part-time employee." He was formally suspended on June 12. Mid-Columbia officials said they hadn't received any complaints about him there.

McAllister also has a background in law enforcement. He's a former police officer for the Beaverton Police Department, Seaside Police Department and a Legacy Health System security officer.

No one answered the door Wednesday at the Northwest Portland home police arrested McAllister. Neighbors, including someone who rents a house from McAllister told KATU News they were "shocked" to learn about his arrest.

More information about the charges against McAllister is expected to come out Thursday when the indictment against him is unsealed in court.

He's in jail on a $2.2 million bond.

Anyone with information on this case should call the police bureau's sex crimes unit at 503-823-0400.