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RiverBend nurse accused of sex crimes put on leave

Larry Wilt, 56, of Eugene faces two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, according to court records.

Posted: Jan 6, 2020 6:29 PM
Updated: Jan 6, 2020 7:50 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Nurse at PeaceHealth's RiverBend Hospital is on administrative leave after being accused of sex crimes.

Larry Wilt, 56, of Eugene faces two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, according to court records.

Court records show prosecutors allege that count one happened between Sept. 2, 2010, and Sept. 1, 2012, in Lane County when the alleged victim was a minor.

The second count happened between Sept. 2, 2015, and Sept. 1, 2016, in Lane County, when the same victim was physically helpless, according to prosecutors.

Records show Wilt was arrested by the Eugene Police Department on Dec. 20 and was booked into the Lane County Jail the same day. Police said he was arrested on southbound Interstate 5 near 30th Avenue.

In a statement, PeaceHealth said Wilt has been placed on administrative leave as these charges are being investigated by local authorities. They said his alleged behavior in no way reflects PeaceHealth’s mission and values.

PeaceHealth said the alleged victim was not a patient of theirs and said the alleged crimes did not happen on their campuses. 

According to the Oregon Nursing Association, a union that represents nurses across the state, Wilt was part of the union's executive committee for Sacred Heart Medical Center and Sacred Heart Home Services in 2015. At the time, he was a night nurse at RiverBend's Intensive Care Unit. ONA communications manager Kevin Mealy said he resigned from his role in the executive committee weeks after taking the volunteer position because of time constraints.

Records show that Wilt still has his nursing license. Officials with the Oregon State Nursing Board said his license could be revoked. A trial has been set for Feb. 19. A pre-trial conference has been set for Jan. 29.

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