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Former nurse accused of sexually abusing patients arrested on new charges

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

A former Kaiser Permanente nurse already accused of sexually abusing patients was arrested again on new charges in connection with two additional victims, according to police.

Alex Woolner, 38, was arrested again Monday afternoon after a grand jury indicted him on additional charges Friday.

Woolner was arraigned April 27 on four counts of third-degree sex abuse, three counts of second-degree invasion of privacy, two counts of computer crimes and a charge of first-degree criminal mistreatment.

On Monday, police said he was booked into the Washington County Jail on additional charges of third-degree sex abuse, invasion of personal privacy and computer crimes.

Police said two additional victims have been identified as part of the investigation. 

Investigators said Woolner, working as a nurse, victimized female patients who sought medical treatment at Kaiser Permanente in Beaverton.

The investigation began in January when detectives received reports that Woolner had inappropriate physical and verbal contact that was sexual in nature with patients. He is also accused of subjecting at least one victim to an "unnecessary and intrusive" exam.

Investigators said Woolner accessed women's medical records in order to obtain their cell phone numbers. He would then text and call them recommending additional medical procedures and advised the women to call him directly and not the Kaiser clinic, according to police.

Kaiser issued a statement saying Woolner was initially placed on administrative leave on Jan. 28, shortly after administrators received the first patient complaint regarding his behavior. An investigation was launched, but a statement from the hospital said, "Unfortunately, that investigation could not confirm that any misconduct had occurred, so Mr. Woolner was allowed to return to work for a brief time."

Woolner was placed on administrative leave again on Feb. 29 when the hospital received "additional information."

Woolner resigned from his job while under investigation.

"We will be reviewing our operations and policies to identify any additional steps we can take to improve patient safety in the future," according to a hospital statement.

A lawsuit was filed against Kaiser Permanente alleging that the company should not have allowed Woolner around patients following the original allegations of abuse.

Detectives are asking any other women who were victims of Woolner while he was employed as a nurse at Kaiser Permanent to contact the Beaverton Police Department.

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