Hospital fires nurse accused of sexually assaulting inmates

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An Oregon nurse accused of sexually assaulting a dozen women in prison has been fired from Portland-based Legacy Health.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that Legacy Health said this week that Tony Klein was fired on March 17.

Klein, 37, faces federal charges for allegations from 2016 and 2017 while working as a nurse for the Oregon Department of Corrections.

On March 14, the U.S. Department of Justice released a 25-count indictment accusing Klein of sexually assaulting 12 women at Coffee Creek Correctional Center and then later lying under oath.

If convicted, Klein could face life in prison.

Ahead of the indictment, the OPB released an investigation that found at least 27 women in custody had accused Klein of sexual abuse and inappropriate comments while working in the city’s only women’s prison. ‘State. The number of women who have made allegations against Klein has been confirmed by the state Department of Corrections.

Klein’s attorneys did not respond to requests for comment.

“Legacy is not aware of any reports of misconduct regarding Tony Klein regarding his employment at the hospital. Klein was on furlough from September 2021 until her termination on March 17,” the spokesperson said.

Officials declined to say what prompted them to furlough Klein.

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