Happy Valley doctor again arrested on domestic violence charges
Happy Valley resident and physician Jonathan Patrick Wiebe was in jail again this week on additional domestic violence charges.
Since last year, Wiebe had been on paid leave as a Kaiser Permanente primary care doctor who worked out of the Gresham office. Wiebe had been out on bail after being arrested previously on Oct. 1.
Arrested again on March 2 for alleged coercion, harrassment and violation of a restraining order, Wiebe was already expected in court this week for sentencing on the separate case involving the same victim. Wiebe pleaded guilty in the earlier case last month and was scheduled to face a judge again on March 5 in a carry-over of a Feb. 28 sentencing hearing.
Prosecutors are recommending that the judge decide on up to 364 days of jail time during Wiebe's sentencing. 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.
In the latest case, Wiebe is charged with felony coercion and misdemeanor harrassment. He was lodged in Clackamas County Jail and a judge initially denied his bail, finding him a community safety risk.
In the earlier case, on July 30, 2018, the 6-foot, 220-pound Wiebe pleaded guilty to having 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.
According to Wiebe's attorney at the Feb. 28 hearing, Wiebe is also under investigation for violations of the Oregon Medical Practice Act. This case for revoking Wiebe's medical license would be a separate investigation undergoing evaluation by the Oregon Medical Board.
Oregon Medical Board Executive Director Nicole Krishnaswami has said that in general physicians found guilty of crimes can lose their medical licenses for "unprofessional conduct."
Wiebe's attorney told the judge during the Feb. 28 sentencing hearing that it was "all but certain" that Wiebe would lose his medical license if he spent any more time in jail. Wiebe spent three nights in jail this week until he posted $6,000 bail to be released on Thursday, pending a March 10 court appearance.
This story has been updated online to reflect a new court hearing date and Wiebe posting bail to be released from jail.
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