Kaiser Dr. Jonathan Wiebe pleads guilty to domestic violence
Happy Valley resident and Kaiser Permanente primary care physician Jonathan Patrick Wiebe is pleading guilty to domestic violence, according to a plea deal he signed with his attorney.
Prosecutors are recommending that the judge decide on up to 364 days of jail time during Wiebe's Feb. 28 sentencing hearing. For committing fourth-degree assault, court documents with the DA's recommendations show that Wiebe is agreeing to be sentenced to two years of formal probation, pay a $360 fine, and complete domestic-violence and substance-abuse packages that include the following conditions:
• Consent to and cooperate with polygraphic examinations when deemed necessary by batterer's intervention provider and/or probation officer.
• Be financially responsible for polygraphic examinations.
• Consent to the sharing of information between public and private agencies, agents and persons who are deemed essential in assessing and monitoring contact and participation in the batterer's intervention program.
• Disclose nature of conviction to any domestic partner.
• Be financially responsible for all counseling costs incurred by the victim(s).
• Keep the court advised of current mailing address at all times.
• Not possess any firearms.
• Surrender possession of all firearms.
• Take Antabuse if medically able and if directed by the probation officer.
• Attend Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous meetings at the direction of the probation officer or court.
• Not use or possess alcoholic beverages (includes "near beer"), intoxicants, inhalants or controlled substances (with the exception of a controlled substance used for a physician-approved purpose such as approved use of medical marijuana) and shall notify the probation officer of any prescription or approval given by a medical provider, including approval to use medical marijuana through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
• Not possess any narcotics paraphernalia, including smoking devices, and shall not associate with any person known to use, sell or possess illegal drugs or narcotics.
• Not enter or frequent any establishment whose primary income is derived from the sale of alcoholic beverages, and shall not frequent places where narcotics are used, sold or kept.
• Not drive without license and insurance and shall be subject to the requirements of the Guardian Interlock System per DMV policies for a hardship license.
• Obey all laws, court orders, and conditions of probation including HOPE Court conditions if ordered.
As previously reported, on July 30, 2018, the 6-foot, 220-pound Wiebe reportedly pinned the victim down, "put his hands around (the victim's) neck and began applying pressure. The victim was unable to breathe," and feared losing consciousness. The DA's office wrote that the 2018 incident wasn't the first time that Wiebe had committed violence, but it was the first reported incident in Clackamas County.
On the day after the assault, the victim went on a preplanned trip to California. The victim went to a hospital and told a nurse that the neck bruises were the result of strangulation by Wiebe.
Wiebe, 38, turned himself in Oct. 1, and later posted $1,000 in bail money to be released from Clackamas County Jail that day. He did not inform his employer of the charges as he continued to practice medicine at Kaiser's Rockwood office on Southeast Stark Street in Gresham.
Informed of the charges by Pamplin Media Group on Oct. 21, Kaiser Permanente spokesman Michael G. Foley confirmed that Wiebe was a physician at Kaiser. By Nov. 11, Foley said Wiebe was no longer seeing patients.
In response to Wiebe's guilty plea, Foley said Wiebe will be on paid leave indefinitely, subject to "appropriate action" after Kaiser's further evaluation.
"Patient safety is our highest priority," Foley said.
Wiebe remains a physician and received a two-year renewal of his medical license on Jan. 1. According to Oregon Medical Board Executive Director Nicole Krishnaswami, the process for medical licensure is separate from the criminal due process.
"A criminal conviction doesn't necessarily result in a disciplinary action from the board," Krishnaswami said.
Although she couldn't speak to the specifics of Wiebe's case, Krishnaswami said that in general physicians found guilty of crimes can lose their medical licenses for "unprofessional conduct." According to ethical standards in the state statutes, unprofessional conduct can be a violation of the Oregon Medical Practice Act, but any case for sanctioning Wiebe's medical license would be subject to a separate investigation and evaluation by the Oregon Medical Board.
"Our mission as a state agency is to make sure that patients are safe, and that's another area in which what we do is different from the criminal side," Krishnaswami said.
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