Former ER nurse pleads not guilty to 11 sex assault charges

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Former ER nurse pleads not guilty to 11 sex assault charges

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by KGW.com Staff

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Posted on July 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 11 at 4:43 PM

PORTLAND -- An emergency room nurse who worked at Legacy Emanuel hospital was indicted Thursday on charges he sexually assaulted three women while he was on duty.

Jeffrey McAllister, 38, pleaded not guilty in a Multnomah County court Thursday morning. He was held on more than $2 million bail.

McAllister was arrested at his home Wednesday. He appeared in court Thursday on 11 charges, including first-degree rape, first-degree sex abuse, and first-degree sodomy.

Police said he took advantage the of women while performing duties as a registered nurse at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center's emergency room.

The victims were "incapable of consent by reason of mental incapacitation and physical helplessness," according to a probable cause affidavit.

KGW spoke to one of the victims, who didn't want to give her name due to safety reasons. She said McAllister sexually assaulted her while she was being treated at Legacy Emanuel hospital in January.

She thinks he may have preyed on her because because she is a recovering addict. Despite being groggy while undergoing treatment, she said she still knew he was assaulting her.

“I was aware of what was happening,” she told KGW news. “I said ‘no’ many times.”

The woman has since moved out of her home, fearing that she could be victimized again.

Investigators began looking into the allegations against McAllister in April.

He had been employed with Legacy since 2004, first as a security officer, then an ER technician.  Beginning in 2008 he became an ER nurse.

Before getting into the medical field, McAllister was also a former Beaverton and Seaside police officer. He was also a reserve officer with the Independence Police Department.

A spokesman with the Beaverton Police Department told KGW McAllister worked for the department from October 2002 to April 2004 when he resigned.

Hospital representatives said Portland police made them aware of the allegations in April and McAllister was promptly fired or put on leave. He has not worked at any of the hospitals since.

Police said there could be more victims. Anyone with additional information or  who may have been victimized was asked to call Portland police's Sex Crimes Unit at (503) 823-0400.

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KGW's Mark Hanrahan, Abbey Gibb and Justin Burton contributed to this report.

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