We’ve posted several times about the anesthesiologist in The Dalles who sexually abused a number of his female patients. Dr. Frederick Field was accused of raping one female and sexually abusing nearly a dozen others. He worked at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, and the hospital claimed it took all the complaints seriously. It was also believed the abuse was first reported to the hospital in May 2011 and that the hospital contacted police right away. Now, though, reports of earlier sexual misconduct have surfaced.
Attorney Gregory Kafoury, who represents six of the victims, indicated in court filings that the hospital knew about the misconduct months prior to notifying the authorities. In addition, a complaint about abuse from as early as 2007 was found. Nurses allegedly knew of Field’s inappropriate behavior and made a point of not being left alone with him. One nurse filed a complaint against Field in May 2010 for inappropriately touching her. Many of the patients who filed complaints against Field were abused while they were incapacitated and thus unable to defend themselves.
Dr. Field was arrested in the summer of 2011 and was released pending trial in December. He has yet to enter a plea.
For more information, see this article.