Ex-nurse accused of sexually abusing patients

Suspect allegedly accessed victims' medical records to find phone numbers

Alex Matthew Woolner, 37, shown in a photo released by Beaverton Police
Alex Matthew Woolner, 37, shown in a photo released by Beaverton Police

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) – A former nurse with Kaiser Permanente is charged with sexually abusing patients and accessing their cellphone numbers using confidential databases.

Alex Matthew Woolner, 37, who lives in North Plains, was booked into the Washington County Jail. He was released early Saturday.

According to Beaverton police, Woolner “was victimizing female patients that came to Kaiser Permanente for medical treatment.”

The investigation started in Jan. 2016.

“The initial investigation involved allegations that Woolner abused his position by having contact with the victim, both physical and verbal, which was sexual in nature and which subjected the victim to an unnecessary and intrusive exam,” according to a prepared statement released by police late Friday.

Woolner, according to police, would access victims’ medical records to in order to obtain their personal cell phone numbers. He would then text and call the victims recommending additional medical procedures and for the victims to call him directly and not the Kaiser Clinic.

Police said Woolner had direct patient contact between January 1 through February 29, 2016.

Detectives are asking anyone who was seen by Woolner at Kaiser Permanente and feel they have information that is pertinent to this investigation, to call them at (503) 629-0111.

Jail records show Woolner was charged with four counts of third-degree sexual abuse, three counts of invasion of privacy, two counts of computer crimes and one count of first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Shawn A. Kollie, Woolner’s defense attorney, released the following statement:

Mr. Woolner refutes the criminal allegations against him in their entirety. Unfortunately, false allegations of this nature often result in irreparable damage to a person’s life and the lives’ of their family. The public tends to condemn a person accused of crimes long before any actual evidence is reviewed by the person, his attorney, or anyone else outside of law enforcement.

All too often, innocent people are exonerated once all the facts come to light. We strongly urge the public to reserve judgment until the case is resolved.

We are confident that as this process moves forward Mr. Woolner’s name will be cleared.

 

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