LINCOLN — A woman has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a patient while working as a security supervisor at a Nebraska psychiatric hospital.

Chalice Closen, 36, is charged with felony sexual abuse of a protected person, according to Lancaster County Court records. County jail records show that Closen remained in custody Thursday.

Authorities said Closen came under suspicion when a patient saw Closen kiss another patient in her office at the Lincoln Regional Center. The man who was kissed later told a Nebraska State Patrol investigator how the relationship with Closen began with flirting after he was committed to the hospital in February 2018.

A Health and Human Services Department spokeswoman said Closen last worked at the hospital on May 16. Closen was hired in January 2015.

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