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Caregiver charged with sexually abusing teen in hospital

By KTVA Alaska 8:35 PM November 6, 2013

Pediatric medical worker charged with twice abusing 14-year-old victim in her bed

ANCHORAGE – Police have arrested a medical professional they say sexually assaulted a teenage girl while she was in the hospital.

The suspect, 28-year-old Allen Miller, is being held without bail after being arrested Monday.

Miller worked as a patient care technician at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He was responsible for providing care to kids in the hospital’s pediatric unit, including bathing, nourishment and assisting with walking. Patient care technicians are supervised by nurses at the hospital, a hospital spokesperson said.

Police charge Miller with sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl under his care on two occasions. The first assault came in July. Sgt. Cindi Stanton of the Anchorage Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit said Wednesday that, as often happens in sexual abuse cases, the incident was unreported by the victim.

The second incident came in October. That assault, Stanton said, was witnessed by a third party who Miller believed to be sleeping.

“Kids don’t always feel comfortable reporting when an incident has occurred,” Stanton said. “When they’ve been sexually abused, they have a delayed reporting, so between the time this first happened in July, and then it happens again in October, absolutely there could be other victims.”

The witness notified hospital staff, who then contacted police; Miller was taken into custody Monday, with his termination effective Tuesday.

Providence reported that Miller worked at the hospital since January; before that, detectives said he worked at Alaska Regional Hospital. A spokesperson for Alaska Regional said Wednesday they have no record of his employment there.

Miller faces three counts of sexual abuse of a minor. Wednesday, Stanton said investigators are looking for other victims.

In a statement released by Providence Hospital, spokesperson Kirsten Schultz wrote:

“We are always concerned for the safety and welfare of our patients, families and employees. Please know that when this issue came to our attention, Providence immediately contacted the Anchorage Police Department … Providence’s hiring process includes screening applicants carefully with background checks, including this former employee.”

Anchorage police ask anyone with information about Miller to call 786-8900.

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