Allen is late for prison

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Kirk Mitchell

For­mer sur­gi­cal tech­nol­o­gist Rocky Allen has been ar­rested af­ter vis­it­ing fam­ily when he was sup­posed to re­port to a fed­eral Ore­gon prison to be­gin a sen­tence for steal­ing pow­er­ful painkillers from Swedish Med­i­cal Cen­ter in En­gle­wood.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Ray­mond Moore or­dered Allen’s ar­rest Mon­day af­ter it was learned that Allen did not show up to the Fed­eral Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in Sheri­dan, Ore., on Nov. 23 as planned, ac­cord­ing to a fed­eral court record.

“In­stead of him go­ing to FCI-Sheri­dan in Ore­gon, he went to Idaho in di­rect con­tra­dic­tion to the court or­der,” Jef­frey Dorschner, spokesman for Act­ing U.S. At­tor­ney Bob Troyer, said Mon­day.

Allen will be brought back to Den­ver to face “some con­se­quence” for that, he said.

Allen pleaded guilty in July to a two-count drug theft in­dict­ment re­lated to his theft of a sy­ringe in Jan­uary while on the job at Swedish. Moore sen­tenced him on Nov. 7 to 6 ½ years in prison and de­nied his re­quest to visit his fam­ily in Idaho be­fore be­gin­ning his sen­tence, Dorschner said.

Allen was to stay at a Colorado half­way house un­til re­port­ing to prison to be­gin serv­ing his sen­tence. But he called his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer, Seth Junker, and ar­ranged to re­port early to the prison.

“In dis­obe­di­ence of and re­sis­tance to the court’s or­der and rul­ing of Nov. 7, 2016, de­fen­dant trav­eled to Idaho to visit and spend time with his fam­ily,” the court doc­u­ment says.

Junker called the prison Dec. 2 and learned Allen had never ar­rived. He then called Allen, who said he was at his sis­ter’s house in Idaho vis­it­ing fam­ily, court records say.

Allen was court-mar­tialed in 2011 while en­listed in the Navy and sta­tioned at a hospi­tal in Kan­da­har, Afghanistan, af­ter he ad­mit­ted to steal­ing vials of fen­tanyl. He was fired from at least five health care fa­cil­i­ties in Cal­i­for­nia, Ari­zona and Wash­ing­ton be­fore Swedish hired him in Au­gust 2015.

Swedish fired him af­ter he was caught swap­ping out a saline sy­ringe to steal a fen­tanyl sy­ringe. Hun­dreds of pa­tients were tested for pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion.

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