A shocking story has recently been reported by the Daily Mail regarding an ER doctor in New York City who has been accused of sexually assaulting four women at his work. The horrifying incidents happened over the course of five months and saw the doctor allegedly abusing his position as a caregiver and taking advantage of women while they were vulnerable and unable to defend themselves.
The 45-year-old doctor has been named as David Newman, who is the father of two children and worked until recently at Mount Sinai Hospital. He has already been charged with sexually assaulting two women in his care and has now been indicted on new charges involving two other female patients.
Newman is a prominent doctor in his field and actually wrote a book on patient–doctor relationships, aptly titled Hippocrates’ Shadow: Secrets From the House of Medicine according to Reuters. Newman is no longer employed at the hospital, and his medical license was suspended in February 2016 during a state medical board investigation.
Newman has been accused of sexually abusing four women aged between 18- and 29-years-old, during the period between August 2015 and January 2016, as reported by Reuters. Two of the women only came forward very recently, after Newman was first charged in January 2016.
The investigation began after the police were informed of a women who was being treated for shoulder pain and given morphine before being sexually assaulted. Newman is said to have masturbated on her while she was under sedation, and semen found on the woman’s face has tested positive for his DNA.
In his defense, Newman claimed that he had been masturbating in the lounge of the emergency room and that it was possible that his semen may have still been on his hands when he was treating one of the women, coming into contact with her blanket and face. According to the Daily Mail, he told investigators, “I am embarrassed because I whacked off in the lounge, and it was possible that the ejaculate may have gone from my hands to the woman’s blanket. … Semen may have also transferred from my hand to her face during the time I treated her.”
Why the doctor’s hands were not washed before he came into contact with a patient is further cause for concern, especially as superbugs are thought to spread rapidly through hospitals and are a major risk for patients, combated by doctors washing their hands frequently to prevent the spread of bugs.
According to the police report, as reported in the Daily Mail, Newman explained that he had given the woman an extra dose of sedative – something not actually recorded on her chart. He also suggested that, because she was sedated, her account of what had happened was unreliable.
The other women were in the emergency room for a headache, a rash and a cold – yet suffered similar assault including fondling of their breasts. Eun-Ha Kim of the Manhattan Supreme Court stated that there was “no legitimate medical reason to fondle these women’s breasts” and that Newman had “preyed upon young, vulnerable, minority women.”
According to Reuters, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said, “As alleged in this indictment, four young women who came to the hospital for medical treatment were sexually abused by the very doctor entrusted with their care.”
“I would like to thank these brave women for their strength in coming forward,” Vance stated, according to the New York Daily News.