A certified nursing assistant at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland Oregon has been charged with raping an 87-year-old woman in early September 2016. The CNA, Adeladilew A. Mekonen, has reportedly confessed his guilt. Washington County Sheriffs report that a number of other victims now have come forward.
In June, a 94-year-old woman accused Mekonen, 34, of sexually molesting her. The hospital briefly put Mekonen on administrative leave before letting him come back to work, claiming that the charges could not be substantiated.
The 87-year-old woman accused Mekonen of raping her when she was hospitalized for a heart condition. When criminal charges were filed, Providence St. Vincent’s finally fired Mekonen.
Because Mekonen was allowed to return to work, Providence St. Vincent exposed a large number of elderly and vulnerable women to this predator.
Mekonen has been indicted on 18 charges of sexual abuse, and a $1.5 million lawsuit has been filed against Providence St. Vincent in response to their negligence in allowing Mekonen to return to work without any restrictions or monitoring after the first allegations of sexual abuse.