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Legacy ER nurse pleads not guilty; police talk with more potential victims

Legacy ER nurse pleads not guilty; police talk with more potential victims
Jeffrey N. McAllister.

PORTLAND, Ore. – A former ER nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center pleaded not guilty Thursday to an 11-count indictment charging him with sexually assaulting three female patients.

Meanwhile on Thursday, at least two more victims have come forward to police, saying they too were assaulted by Jeffrey N. McAllister, and police are investigating. Investigators believer there are even more victims out there.

McAllister, 38, was mum at his first appearance in Multnomah County Circuit Court and relied on his attorney to speak on his behalf.

His family and attorney declined to speak to the media.

The indictment, which charges McAllister with 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, outlines a timeline of the assaults.

Prosecutors allege that McAllister sexually abused his first victim on Sept. 24 of last year. The next alleged assault came on Jan. 15 and the third occurred on Feb. 14.

All the alleged assaults happened in private emergency rooms at Legacy Emanuel. The indictment says that two of the three victims were “incapable of consent by reason of mental incapacitation and physical helplessness.”

McAllister apparently targeted victims at a time they were vulnerable, but there wasn’t one clear factor that led to their vulnerability, said Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.

The case came to light in April when one of the victims came forward to Portland police and police then launched an investigation, leading to more discovered victims.

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.

A Mid-Columbia official said the hospital hasn't received any complaints against McAllister.

We looked into what guidelines are in place to make sure patients are protected against this kind of abuse.

Kathleen Haley, executive director of the Oregon Board of Medicine, said the board recommends that physicians be accompanied by a chaperone or offer a chaperone to patients.

"And patients have the option to decline that chaperone, but for any kind of intimate exam the board recommends that the physician offer it," Haley said.

McAllister is in jail on a $2.2 million bond. Trial was tentatively set Thursday for Aug. 23.