PORTLAND, Ore. — Detectives have arrested a certified nursing assistant for allegedly raping an elderly patient at a Portland hospital.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Adeladilew Mekonen was arrested Wednesday after an investigation that began after recent patients at St. Vincent Medical Center, ages 94 and 87, filed complaints.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/pdY2Q9 ) Mekonen has been charged with first-degree rape and second-degree unlawful sexual penetration in the case involving the 87-year-old. Mekonen remains in jail on $250,000 bail.

Detectives say Mekonen was hired by the hospital in May 2016. They believe there could be other victims and that additional charges still could be filed in the other case.

Anyone with information on the cases is asked to call Detective Robert Rookhuyzen at 503-846-2673.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Mekonen has an attorney.


This story has been clarified to show the current charges involve one victim, not two, but police believe there could be at least one other victim.

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