Kaiser nurse pleads not guilty to accusations of sexual abuse

Alex Matthew Woolner in court Wednesday, April 27.

HILLSBORO, Ore. - A 37-year-old man accused of sexually abusing female patients while working as a nurse at Kaiser Permanente pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday morning.

Alex Matthew Woolner entered the plea in a Washington County court Wednesday morning.He had no response for the court when asked to defend himself, our reporters say.

Woolner was indicted on several charges including sexual abuse and invasion of privacy after police say he subjected his victims to unnecessary and intrusive exams and also to verbal abuse which was sexual in nature.

They said he also obtained patients' cellphone numbers from their medical records and then called or texted them recommending more procedures.

Women involved in the case are suing Kaiser for negligence, saying the medical company let Woolner continue to work amid an investigation into reports of sexually inappropriate behavior.

"At the absolute minimum the guy should have been put at a desk job while police were investigating," said attorney Greg Kafoury.

Woolner's attorney, Shawn Kollie, said they refute the allegations and plan to clear him of the charges.

"As we enter the not guilty plea, that means denial of everything - denial of the charges," Kollie said.

Woolner was previously released from custody. His next court date is set for May 16.

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