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.
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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.