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CHI Mercy Health Mercy Medical Center has terminated an employee who was convicted 11 months ago of sexual corruption of a child.

CHI Mercy Medical Center fired a convicted sex offender it employed after a recent background check, the hospital said Thursday.

Kathleen Nickel, a hospital spokeswoman, said 23-year-old Caleb Jeske passed a background check when he was first hired. Mercy CEO Kelly Morgan did not know Jeske’s exact hire date but said it was before Jeske’s conviction. Morgan said when the hospital found out about Jeske’s child sex offenses late last week, it conducted a subsequent background check which lead to Jeske’s termination on Tuesday.

After The News-Review confirmed Jeske was still employed at the hospital Tuesday morning, it attempted to reconfirm Jeske’s employment status throughout the week but was not informed of his termination until Thursday.

Jeske pleaded no contest to a single count of first-degree online sexual corruption of a child, a Class B felony, in December 2017, 11 months prior to his termination.

On Thursday, the hospital posted a statement on its Facebook page:

“While we have regulations and policies to follow regarding confidentiality issues for our employees, patient safety is our highest priority, and always will be.

“In this case, we strictly followed our employment-review processes, as is legally appropriate for all of our employees, and took action once we had factual information regarding this individual’s background.

“Our organization is filled with kind, compassionate people dedicated to taking excellent care of everyone in our community. We are proud of the work we do every day,” the post read.

Jeske, reached through a family member, declined comment. Calls to Jeske’s parole officer were not returned.

Jeske, of Days Creek, was initially charged in 2017 for using the internet to solicit a child to engage in sexual contact.

In August, Jeske was sentenced to 15 days in jail for violating his probation by searching online profiles where people meet others online.

One of the conditions of Jeske’s probation is to refrain from contact with minor females, while also not frequenting places where minors are likely to congregate without prior written approval from the probation officer, according to court documents.

Jeske is also not allowed to use the internet, except while at work for employment purposes, according to court documents.

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Saphara Harrell is the crime and natural resources reporter for The News-Review. She previously worked at The World in Coos Bay. Follow her on Twitter @daisysaphara.

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Women Against Registry advocates for the families who have loved ones on the sex offender registry. According to the NCMEC map there are over 904,000 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bait-n-switch internet stings (taking sometimes 12 months before a person steps over the line) guys on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities and many others.

If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 3 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals indicate are needed for successful reintegration; a job, a place to live and a “positive” support system.

The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics – ‘Frightening and High’ (Debunks the 80% recidivism rate cited by now SCOTUS Justice Kennedy)

It is very important that you read the abstract below and then the full 12 page essay by Ira Mark and Tara Ellman.
ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015. Google: Frightening and High Essay

A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that:
a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser;
b) 34.2% were family members;
c) 58.7% were acquaintances;
d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers;
e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victim’s own home;
f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University)

There is a tremendous need to fund programs like "Stop It Now" that teaches about grooming behaviors and other things at age-appropriate levels in their Circles of Safety.

Our question to the public, when does redemption begin?

Lastly, our country is proud to be 'the incarceration nation' with 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's incarcerated. That fixes everything, right? Principles of Restorative Justice; restore the victim, restore the offender AND restore the community.

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