THE BRONX, N.Y. (PIX11) – A former surgeon at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx was sentenced to nine months in prison for sexually abusing a patient and asking her to be his “sugar baby,” District Attorney Darcel Clark announced Tuesday.
Dr. Woojin Cho, 48, of Hartsdale, New York, was found guilty of sexually abusing a 22-year-old woman who went to see him for an appointment in September 2020. A spokesperson for MMC said Cho was the attending orthopedic surgeon, chief of research.
Cho grabbed the woman’s chest and kissed her on the neck and cheek, the investigation found. He also touched the victim’s private area under her clothes and put her hand on his private area, according to the investigation report.
Cho put his personal cellphone number in the victim’s phone and asked her to be his “sugar baby.” The victim told her mother about what happened, and police were contacted.
“Authorities conducted a controlled call in which the defendant explained to the victim what a ‘sugar daddy’ and ‘sugar baby’ relationship was and admitted to touching her while saying it was part of her exam. He also told the victim to keep the incident a secret, and that if she kept quiet, she would receive ‘a lot,’” a news release from the Bronx District Attorney’s Office stated.
Cho was arrested on Sept. 15, 2020. A jury convicted him of forcible touching, third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree harassment in May 2022.
“[Cho’s] abuse of power and actions are inexcusable,” Clark said in a statement.