NEW YORK — A former Mount Sinai emergency room physician has been indicted for sexually abusing four female patients.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., announced Thursday that David Newman, 45, has been charged with one count of sexual abuse in the first degree and four counts of sexual abuse in the third degree.
The alleged sexual abuses took place between August 2015 and January 2016 in the hospital’s emergency room.
According to statements and court documents, Newman allegedly abused four female patients with ages ranging from 18 to 29.
Three of the victims visited the ER for illnesses including a headache, cold and rash.
The fourth victim, a 22-year-old woman, visited for shoulder pain. She was given a shot of morphine and other medication for the pain.
The victim said when Newman appeared for her treatment, he allegedly gave her another shot of morphine. She was unable to protest because of the effect of the first morphine shot. The second shot incapacitated her.
"One was sedated to the point of being physically helpless — a nightmare scenario for any patient to endure," said Vance.
Newman is accused of fondling her breasts and allegedly performing a lewd act on her.
Once the victim came to, she kept DNA evidence from Newman that was on her gown, face and stomach. Newman turned himself in shortly after.
Vance urges anyone else who may have been a victim to call the Sex Crimes Hotline at 212-335-9373.