An Oregon nurse charged with sexually assaulting a dozen ladies in jail has been fired from his present job at Legacy Well being, the Portland-based well being care system confirmed Wednesday.
Tony Daniel Klein, 37, faces federal expenses for allegations that came about in 2016 and 2017 whereas he labored as a nurse for the Oregon Division of Corrections. He left that job when the allegations surfaced and took a job at Legacy Well being.
On March 14, the U.S. Division of Justice unsealed a 25-count indictment, charging Klein with sexually assaulting 12 ladies on the Espresso Creek Correctional Facility after which mendacity about it later whereas beneath oath. Federal prosecutors alleged Klein disadvantaged the ladies of their proper to not face merciless and weird punishment, a safety afforded beneath the Structure’s Eighth Modification.
If convicted, Klein might face life in jail.
“Legacy Well being can’t touch upon an ongoing federal legal continuing,” a spokesperson for the well being system stated in a written assertion Wednesday. “Legacy Well being terminated Mr. Klein’s employment as of March 17, 2022.”
Previous to the indictment, OPB printed an investigation that discovered a minimum of 27 ladies in custody had accused Klein of sexual abuse and inappropriate feedback whereas he labored at Espresso Creek, the state’s solely jail for ladies. The variety of ladies who made allegations in opposition to Klein was confirmed by the state Division of Corrections.
Klein’s attorneys didn’t reply to requests for remark.
Legacy Well being officers additionally didn’t reply to an interview request, however supplied an extra assertion Thursday in response to a sequence of written questions from OPB.
“Legacy shouldn’t be conscious of any report of misconduct made about Tony Klein referring to his employment on the hospital. Klein was on depart from September 2021 till his termination on March 17,” the spokesperson said.
Officers at Legacy declined to say what made them place Klein on depart in September.
The investigation by OPB exhibits Klein confronted lawsuits and was beneath investigation throughout most of his time employed at Legacy.
Throughout a 2019 deposition, Klein stated Legacy Well being knew concerning the allegations in opposition to him.
Legacy employed Klein in January 2018, information present. On the time, Oregon State Police have been engaged on an open investigation into Klein concerning allegations of sexual assault.
Whereas employed at Legacy, Klein was named in 12 civil lawsuits alleging sexual assaults on the jail, 11 which the state settled for $1.87 million in 2020, in addition to one earlier this month. As a part of these agreements, Klein and the Division of Corrections admitted no wrongdoing.
Among the lawsuits obtained information protection, together with in The Oregonian/OregonLive, which reported on one of many circumstances in January 2019, whereas Klein labored at Legacy.
As a part of the civil litigation, an lawyer for among the ladies deposed Klein in November 2019. Underneath oath, he stated Legacy Well being was conscious of the civil lawsuits.
“So that you advised your employer whenever you knew that the newspaper was going to publish a narrative on it?” requested lawyer Michelle Burrows, who represented 10 ladies who filed lawsuits.
“Appropriate,” Klein replied.
Through the deposition, Klein disclosed that Legacy applied a written work settlement for sure duties he was to not do alone.
“After I advised them concerning the pending lawsuit, we had a gathering and collectively got here up with some methods to guard myself and in addition Legacy,” Klein stated. “I’ve no restrictions on who I can have as sufferers. I want a second individual within the room if I’m going to offer what we name peri care, so cleansing of someone’s personal components after they use the lavatory.”
“What about intimate bodily exams? Do you want a chaperone or standby for that?” Burrows requested.
“I don’t want a chaperone or a second individual for my day by day assessments,” Klein replied.
Through the deposition, Klein stated his supervisor at Legacy knew concerning the Oregon State Police investigation. He additionally stated he was visited by the FBI at his house in the summertime of 2019. Burrows requested him if he advised Legacy that he was being investigated by the U.S. Division of Justice.
“My present employer, I imagine, is conscious,” Klein responded.
“And the way have you learnt that they’re conscious?” Burrows requested.
“As a result of I might have advised them,” Klein stated.
“When did you inform your present employer concerning the FBI investigation?” Burrows requested.
“I’m not one hundred percent positive that I’ve, however I feel I’ve,” Klein stated.
Additionally, whereas employed at Legacy, the Oregon Nursing Board proposed revoking Klein’s license for not disclosing the state police investigation. The board later fined Klein $2,500 and reprimanded his license.
Klein stated he advised his supervisors at Legacy concerning the nursing board investigation, too.
Although Legacy wouldn’t affirm what it did or didn’t know concerning the allegations in opposition to Klein, a spokesperson stated the well being system was dedicated to the communities it serves.
“Nothing is extra necessary to Legacy Well being than the well being and security of our sufferers and workers. We’ve got a robust compliance and reporting system and are totally dedicated to totally investigating all complaints introduced forth by our sufferers or members of our workers.”
Legacy wouldn’t say whether or not different workers had confronted self-discipline or been terminated in reference to Klein’s employment.