Hospital worker arrested for having a sexual relationship with patient.

Hospital worker arrested for having a sexual relationship with patient.

A 36 Year-old woman was arrested for having a sexual relationship with mental ill patient at the Lincoln Regional Center.

The former employee was charged with sexual abuse of a protected person after reportedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.

Chalice Closen, 37, became under investigation by the Nebraska State Patrol in April, when another patient told investigators he saw Closen kissing a male patient in her office. 

That inmate was getting treatment at the regional center, documents show.

During the investigation, authorities gathered enough evidence to believe a sexual relationship took place between Closen and the inmate, leading to an arrest warrant being issued.

The male patient was interviewed by State Patrol Investigator Pedram Nabegh and said he had started flirting with Closen a few weeks after he was committed there in February 2018, according to an affidavit for her arrest.

The flirting gave way to kissing and touching, sometimes nightly, the patient told Nabegh. 

They performed sex acts on each other on up to eight occasions, he told the investigator, and most of the sexual contact occurred in her office, the affidavit said.

Lancaster County prosecutors charged Closen on July 2. 

She made her first appearance in court Tuesday, where a judge set her bond at $100,000. 

She remained at the Lancaster County jail Tuesday evening.