Between August 2015 and January 2016, four female patients between the ages of 19 and 29 years became victims of sexual abuse to 46-year-old Dr David Newman, a practitioner at the Mount Sinai Hospital, who also frequently lectured on the topic of patient-doctor relationships.

The former Director of Clinical Research of the emergency department of Mount Sinai has been sentenced on 23 January 2017 to two years in prison and three years’ probation after pleading guilty to one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, as well as four counts of sexual abuse in the third degree.

Doctor groped sedated patient and performed inappropriate acts

He was brought to court after one of his patients filed a civil suit against him. The 29-year-old woman had gone to the hospital to seek treatment for a shoulder injury, where she was attended to by Newman, who gave her a dose of morphine even though she had already been administered with one.

He then proceeded to grope her chest and masturbated over her, and ended by ejaculating on her face.

The victim, groggy after the medications, came to in the midst of the repugnant assault.

“I remember thinking I was going to die if I didn’t get out of here,” she said.

She immediately preserved his DNA sample and reported him to the police.

Breach in patient’s trust, victim unable to trust doctors again

The father of two initially denied the accusations, claiming that he had merely pleasured himself in the hospital lounge before seeing his patient, and had accidentally transferred the semen from his hands onto his patient.

“I am embarrassed because I wacked off in the lounge, and it was possible that the ejaculate may have gone from my hands to the woman’s blanket,” he initially said. “Semen may have also transferred from my hand to her face during the time I treated her.”

However, the prosecutors determined otherwise.

“Dr. Newman masturbated at her bedside and ejaculated on her face,” said Assistant District Attorney Eun-Ha Kim.

“Spermatozoa was found on her eye, and DNA from her cheek and eye match Dr Newman’s DNA.”

According to Kim Kim, the extra dose of morphine which was administered by Newman was also undocumented in the patient’s records and is “an absolute violation of hospital protocol” as only nurses were allowed to administer the medication.

“I want to get away from the disgust I feel whenever I think about you assaulting me, the feeling of being worthless, the embarrassment,” said the victim in the Manhattan Supreme Court, adding that she is unable to bring herself to trust a doctor again.

Guilty of five counts of sexual abuse

Three more women have also come forward, accusing Newman of inappropriately touching their breasts during their visits to the paediatric emergency department. One of the patients had gone to the hospital for treatment of a cold, while another had a headache, and the third had an eyebrow rash.

“There was simply no medically legitimate reason to fondle these women’s breasts,” Kim said, describing the doctor’s conduct as “egregious”.

Newman eventually guilty to a total of five counts of sexual abuse, and expressed his sorrow for his actions.

"What I did was awful and disgusting, and I'm sorry. I'm sorry to everyone involved,” he said. “I’m sorry to physicians everywhere and patients everywhere.”

His victims, however, were unconvinced.

“I believe you’re only sorry because you got caught,” retorted the victim who had spoken at the hearing. MIMS

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