Hospital caregiver gets 25 years in prison for rape, sex abuse of patients

Adeladilew Mekonen. (Mug shot: Washington County Sheriff's Office)

A former nursing assistant at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center will spend the next 25 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing female patients.

Adeladilew A. Mekonen pleaded guilty Friday morning for 28 different crimes, all involving sexual contact with female patients at the hospital. He'll be sentenced next Wednesday, and the plea agreement is a 25-year prison sentence.

Nine women accused Mekonen of sex abuse, including two women aged 87 and 94.

Providence fired Mekonen after he was arrested in September.

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