Former Happy Valley doctor's conviction inspires abuse victims
On June 11, former Happy Valley resident and Kaiser Permanente physician Dr. Jonathan Patrick Wiebe was convicted on several domestic violence charges, including first-degree rape, and is facing at least eight years in jail during his sentencing hearing on June 28.
Wiebe was arrested without bail following his trial this month, after which Clackamas County Circuit Judge Michael C. Wetzel found Wiebe guilty of rape, sexual abuse, unlawful use of a weapon (knife and/or box cutter) and assault "committed in the immediate presence of and/or witnessed" by a minor.
Wiebe's ex-wife, Amanda Conklin, said that Wiebe's conviction has inspired other victims of domestic violence to work to get other abusers behind bars.
"There's too much domestic violence against women, and I get contacted by women every day that I am giving them hope and inspiring them to come forward," Conklin said. "I want women to know that men who love you will never hurt you in any way, and you shouldn't have to protect men when they're hurting you, and you're not alone. If I can get out of a domestic violence situation, then anyone can do it."
Conklin recently changed her last name from Wiebe, public records show. Conklin sued Wiebe for $3 million in civil court, but decided to settle out of court, according to public documents. Conklin could only say that the dispute between the parties has been resolved.
Wiebe, 39, faced more serious charges during each arrest, starting with fourth-degree assault in October 2019, then he was arrested again for violation of a restraining order, felony coercion and misdemeanor harassment charges in March 2020. He voluntarily withdrew his medical license on July 7, pending completion of a state agency's "investigation into his ability to safely and competently practice medicine."
Wiebe pleaded guilty in the earlier case and was scheduled to face a judge for a March 2020 sentencing hearing when he was arrested for the second time. For the first conviction, prosecutors recommended that the judge decide on up to 364 days of jail time for committing fourth-degree assault. Court documents with the DA's recommendations show that Wiebe agreed to be sentenced to two years of formal probation, pay a $360 fine, and complete domestic-violence and substance-abuse packages.
In June, he was arrested for a third time on domestic violence charges, all targeting the same victim in Happy Valley. Wiebe then moved to the neighboring area of Damascus.
Kaiser Permanente officials said they fired Wiebe from his job in March 2020. Since 2019, he had been on paid leave as a primary care doctor who worked out of Kaiser's Gresham office.
Wiebe will get at least 100 months in jail, but between mandatory minimum sentencing and other pending charges, he could face a longer jail sentence.
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