Second woman accuses Mount Sinai doctor of sex abuse

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 11:14:38-05

LOWER MANHATTAN—A second female patient has accused a noted Mount Sinai doctor of sexually assaulting her while she was in his care, police sources said.

Dr. David Newman turned himself into police Tuesday on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a patient on Jan. 11.

The victim, a 22-year-woman,  interviewed by Manhattan Special Victim’s detectives on Jan 16 said she went to the hospital on Sept. 21, 2015, suffering from a serious cold.

Newman asked her to lay back and then reached under her clothes and began to massage both breasts, she told police.

Then the doctor asked her to stand and bend over saying he was checking her back, police sources said.

He was charged with sexual abuse in that case.

The first victim to come forward, a 22-year-old woman, told police she went to the Mount Sinai emergency room last Monday to be treated for pain in her right shoulder.

She said she was placed in a private room where a nurse gave her morphine and an injection for inflammation, police source said.

While falling in and out of consciousness, she said Newman started examining her shoulder, then moved down and began fondling her breasts as she lay in a morphine-induced haze.  After that, she says she heard the sound of masturbation before he allegedly turned around and performed a lewd act on her, according to police sources.​

"There’s an allegation by a young woman who went to the emergency room for treatment," Commissioner Bratton confirmed.

"She was under the influence of some type of narcotic, morphine was the one initially referenced, and that some form of sexual act might have occurred while she was in that situation."

Mount Sinai Hospital released the following statement:

"The physician has been suspended from Mount Sinai pending the outcome of the investigation, and we continue to cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities. He has not provided care to patients at Mount Sinai since the investigation began. We take the nature of these allegations very seriously and continue to conduct our own extensive internal inquiry. The health and safety of our patients are our primary concern. Since this is a police matter, we cannot provide further details."