Kaiser Permanente fires Happy Valley doctor in Gresham
This month Happy Valley resident and physician Jonathan Patrick Wiebe was arrested for a third time on domestic violence charges allegedly targeting the same victim.
Wiebe, 38, has faced more serious charges during each arrest, starting with fourth-degree assault in October, followed by felony coercion and misdemeanor harassment charges in March. Now, he's being charged with first-degree rape, second-degree 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, according to a June 11 indictment.
Kaiser Permanente officials said they fired Wiebe from his job in March. Since last year, he had been on paid leave as a primary care doctor who worked out of Kaiser's Gresham office.
Kaiser officials declined to comment on Wiebe's firing or say whether the termination of his employment was after he was arrested again on March 2 for alleged coercion, harassment and violation of a restraining order.
"We cannot share any more information regarding the ending of Dr. Wiebe's employment," said Kaiser spokesman Mike Foley.
Wiebe has been released from jail three times during the past year, the first time on Oct. 1 without telling his employer that he had turned himself in at the jail to be arrested for several hours. Damascus resident Thomas Allen Wiebe, 67, posted $25,000 bail on Wiebe's behalf on June 22, court records show. Wiebe previously spent three nights in jail in March until he posted $6,000 bail pending a court appearance.
Wiebe pleaded guilty in the initial case in February. For this initial crime, prosecutors recommended that the judge decide on up to 364 days of jail time for Wiebe committing fourth-degree assault. Wiebe additionally agreed to be sentenced to two years of formal probation, pay a $360 fine, and complete domestic-violence and substance-abuse packages.
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 is a separate investigation undergoing evaluation by the Oregon Medical Board.
Wiebe is next scheduled to appear in county court on July 30.
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