PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A former Portland emergency room nurse was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to sexually abusing 10 women at the hospital.
Jeffrey McAllister, who worked at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center as an emergency room technician from 2005-2008 and as a registered nurse from 2008-2013, was arrested in July 2013.
Law enforcement began an investigation into McAllister’s dealings with patients after a victim came forward in April of that year. He was fired later that month.
McAllister entered a guilty plea in early September. Prosecutors alleged that the 39-year-old pretended to perform medical tasks and then inappropriately touched the genitals and breasts of patients.
Some women complained, but said complaints went nowhere or hospital workers didn’t believe them.
Several of McAllister’s accusers were in attendance during Wednesday’s sentencing. Victim Kamai Armstrong, who said multiple times McAllister did not receive a harsh enough sentence, still expressed relief following the court decision.
“The innocence [McAllister] took from me, God gave that back to me,” said Armstrong, who admitted to having suicidal thoughts in the days after the abuse. “Now I get to move on and be a better person.”
With the criminal proceedings over, focus now shifts to a multi-million dollar lawsuit Armstrong and four other victims filed against the hospital.