ER nurse faces 2nd re-indictment on sex crimes

Jeffrey McAllister, 38, pictured in a jail booking photo (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.)
Jeffrey McAllister, 38, pictured in a jail booking photo (Credit: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The former emergency room nurse accused of sexually abusing several women has been re-indicted by a secret grand jury for the second time.

Jeffrey McAllister, 38, has remained lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center since his arrest on July 10.

Court documents show police have now identified a total of 7 victims.

A new indictment filed Aug. 30 and obtained by KOIN 6 News, shows the earliest act of alleged sexual abuse occurred in October 2009. The most recent occurred Feb. 14, 2013. Multnomah County Chief Criminal Judge Julie E. Frantz on Friday signed a warrant on the new indictment that orders the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office to keep McAllister in custody.

Jeffrey McAllister in his court appearance on charges he sexually abused hospital patients (July 11, 2013, pool)
Jeffrey McAllister in his court appearance on charges he sexually abused hospital patients (July 11, 2013, pool)

The new indictment charges McAllister with two counts of first-degree rape, five counts of first-degree sodomy , three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of third-degree sexual abuses and one count each of second-degree sexual abuse, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and attempted first-degree sexual abuse. In all, the grand jury added four new charges, officials said.

On July 11, McAllister was arraigned on the first grand jury indictment. His defense attorney, Daniel Woram, entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of his client.

A grand jury re-indicted McAllister for the first time on July 23 after a fourth victim came forward, police said.

Detectives with the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit said their investigation started when a patient came forward in April and made claims that McAllister inappropriately touched her while she was in the ER at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. Working with an investigator from the Oregon State Board of Nursing, detectives learned of additional victims, police said.

McAllister worked at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center from 2005 to 2008 as a technician. He became a registered nurse in the ER in 2008 and served in that capacity until he was fired in April 2013. He also worked as a nurse for Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland and Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles.

Detectives later confirmed McAllister was an officer with the Seaside Police Department between 1996-2002, and an officer with Beaverton Police Department from 2002-2004. In 1997, McAllister was a reserve officer with the Independence Police Department.

McAllister appeared in court Tuesday morning.

His bail is now set at $2,767,500.

– Brent Weisberg

Follow on Twitter: @BrentKOIN

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