Former nursing assistant accused of sex crimes by 9 women

Nursing assistant indicted on 18 counts

PORTLAND, Ore. – A former Providence nursing assistant arrested last week for allegedly raping one patient at a Portland hospital was charged with 18 crimes involving sex abuse at his court appearance Thursday.

Adeladilew Mekonen, 34, was held on $1 million bail.

Mekonen's charges are related to two victims, ages 87 and 94. They include:

  • One count of first-degree rape
  • One count of first-degree kidnapping
  • Four counts of first-degree sexual penetration
  • Three counts of third-degree sexual abuse
  • Four counts of second-degree sexual abuse
  • Five counts of first-degree sexual abuse

Seven other women have come forward claiming unwanted sexual contact from Mekonen, according to Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Mekonen began working at Providence Saint Vincent Medical Center as a certified nursing assistant in May 2016. Providence said Mekonen was placed on administrative leave following the complaints and was fired immediately after his arrest last week.

Prior to working at Providence, Mekonen worked at West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Portland. At least one victim from West Hills has come forward.

Both of Mekonen's former employers are working with the sheriff's office during the investigation.

Detectives are concerned that there are additional victims that have not come forward. Anyone with information about Mekonen is asked to call detectives at 503-846-2500. 

KGW's Mike Benner contributed to this story.


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