A doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York has been accused of sexually assaulting a patient while she was sedated.
Dr. David Newman is an emergency physician at the health complex. A 22-year-old patient says that after she was given morphine, the doctor fondled her, masturbated, and ejaculated on her face, reported the New York Daily News.
Newman, a 45-year-old Iraq War veteran, has been barred from seeing patients as police investigate the claim.
The unnamed alleged victim says she was given two pain pills and a shot for inflammation after going to the hospital complaining of pain in her right shoulder. A nurse soon administered morphine because she was still in pain.
The woman says she then removed her shirt and bra to change into a gown for X-rays, as instructed, but kept her pants on.
Then Dr. Newman walked in and told the patient he was going to give her morphine. She told him she’d already been given some, but soon felt a burning sensation in her arm that led her to believe he administered more.
Newman was soon sexually assaulting her, she says. She couldn’t move because she was so heavily medicated.
“We are aware of an allegation that has been made against one of our physicians,” the hospital said in a statement. “This is a matter under investigation and we are fully cooperating with the appropriate authorities. We take this matter very seriously and are conducting our own internal investigation.”