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Capt. Stanley Patrick Weber

Indian Health Services Strips Pension From Former Pine Ridge Doctor Stanley Weber

Captain Stanley Weber

IHS Removes Doctor’s Pension After He Is Sentenced For Child Sexual Abuse

Justice prevails as Indian Health Services (IHS) announced Tuesday, March 16, 2021, that they are stripping federal pension and benefits from Retired Capt. Stanley Patrick Weber, a former Pine Ridge, South Dakota doctor, was sentenced for child abuse in 2019.

According to a press release from U.S. South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson’s office, the decision was made following the completion of a review by the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Board of Inquiry.  State representatives urged the IHS to do an expedited review of Dr. Stanley Weber’s heinous crimes. Weber’s pension was estimated to be over $100,000 a year. “It’s disturbing someone like Mr. Weber would continue to receive a federal pension after what he put so many innocent children through,” stated Johnson. “I’m grateful HHS, and IHS took my request seriously and revoked his pension. There’s not much solace to offer in a situation like this, but I hope everyone rests easier knowing this monster isn’t receiving a government check every month and is behind bars where he belongs. A little more justice was served today.”

In 2019, Weber was convicted of multiple felony charges of aggravated sexual assault of minors while serving as an officer for the U.S. Public Health Service and assigned to IHS in Browning, Montana, from 1992 to 1995. He is serving an 18-year prison sentence after being found guilty of four sexual abuse crimes on the Blackfeet Reservation.

A Wall Street Journal/Frontline investigation uncovered that Weber abused patients for decades and that the IHS failed to protect Native American boys from abuse.  Accusations about Weber sexually abusing boys was known among his IHS co-workers, patients, and the Browning community. Additionally, the investigation found that “the IHS repeatedly missed or ignored warning signs, tried to silence whistleblowers and allowed Mr. Weber to continue treating children despite the suspicions of colleagues up and down the chain of command.

Horowitz Law is experienced in representing Native Americans sexually abused by federal government employees.  We are also experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you are Native American sexually assaulted by a federal government, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

Coral Springs Doctor Arrested After Sending Explicit Photos to a Minor

Dr. Stewart Bitman Arrested

After Sending Explicit Photos to a Minor

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On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Dr. Stewart Bitman, a gastroenterologist of thirty years who has been affiliated with many hospitals in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, was arrested and criminally charged for allegedly sending sexually explicit photos of himself to a 13-year-old.  Dr. Stewart Bitman was booked at the Broward County Main Jail and faces three counts of transmission of material harmful to a minor and one count of solicitation of a minor. Bitman has been licensed to practice medicine in Florida since 1990.  At a bond hearing on January 27, Dr. Bitman’s bond was set at $80,000 ($20,000 for each criminal charge) and he was ordered to have no contact with minors and prohibited from traveling outside of South Florida.  No emergency orders restricting his medical license have been entered yet by the Florida Department of Health. 

According to media reports, a joint investigation with Broward Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) detectives and Coral Springs Police Department began in April 2020. The investigation revealed that Bitman sent sexually explicit messages and photographs to an underage girl.  Detectives believe Bitman knew he was communicating with a minor, and while attempting to solicit victims, he portrayed himself as a teenage boy.

Officers reported that the texts revealed Bitman to be sitting at a desk/table in front of a computer with his drawstring shorts/pants and white underpants pulled down below his genitals. The text that is displayed across the picture says, “How many classes RU having each day?”

A SWAT team carried out a search of Bitman’s Parkland home on January 26, taking the doctor into custody and seizing multiple electronic devices for further analysis. Bitman had an office in Coral Springs (3001 Coral Hills Dr. Suite 250, Coral Springs, FL 33065) with Digestive CARE according to his state medical license. The investigation is ongoing. Detectives are working to identify any additional victims with whom Bitman may have communicated.

If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual miscodnuct by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

Oxnard Plastic Surgeon Faces Criminal Charges for Sexually Abusing Patients

Dr. David Nathanial Michelson Faces

 Charges For Sexually Abusing Patients

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On January 20, 2021, an Oxnard, California cosmetic surgeon was charged with 22 new counts of felony sexual assault by patients at his medical practice. Dr. David Nathaniel Michelson, age 73, was initially arrested in August 2020 by investigators from the Oxnard Police Department’s Family Protection Unit and Drug Enforcement Unit after an eight month investigation. Michelson has been a licensed plastic surgeon in California since 1975.  He owns his own private practice, Michelson Cosmetic Surgery (1889 N Rice Ave #201, Oxnard, CA 93030) Michelson was forced to surrender his medical license through Jan. 20, 2022, until further investigation.

According to a statement released by Oxnard police, the initial complaint included 15 felony counts of sexual assault and alleged Michelson had digitally penetrated the victim and orally copulated her breast. Authorities were able to identify 14 additional victims who were allegedly violated by Michelson at his practice between 2011 and 2019. Most of his alleged victims were women who spoke Spanish and lived in Santa Maria, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. The new victims brought the total number of felony charges against Michelson up to 37 acts of sexual assault. The investigation into Michelson’s alleged crimes remains ongoing.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

West Florida Doctor’s License Suspended After Sexual Assault Complaint

Dr. Thomas Lohstreter’s medical license suspended after allegation of sexual contact with patient

On March 9, 2020, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Suspension of Dr. Thomas Arnold Lohstreter’s medical license following allegations of sexual misconduct committed upon a a female patient at South County Medical Center in Englewood, Florida. Dr. Thomas Lohstreter, a Family Medicine Specialist, is 70 years old and became licensed in Florida in December 2017.  He also holds a medical license in Georgia and Minnesota.  In 2013, Dr. Thomas Lohstreter was disciplined by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for “unethical and unprofessional conduct, improper management of medical records, and inappropriate prescribing practices.”

According to the FDOH, Dr. Lohstreter was accused of touching a female patient in an inappropriate manner unrelated to legitimate medical treatment. At the end of December 2019, a 56-year-old woman had a follow up appointment with Lohstreter complaining of nausea and loss of appetite, side effects of an anti-depressant he previously prescribed her.  According to the Emergency Order, while the patient was laying down to be examined, Lohstreter pulled up her shirt and bra, and felt her left breast while touching his genitals with his free hand. The Order says he then pulled down the patient’s pants and massaged her clitoris after saying, “Oh, something is there.” All the while he allegedly masturbated himself in her presence. He then left the room with an erect penis according to the Department of Health.

According to the Order, “Dr. Lohstreter’s continued practice as a medical doctor constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida, and this summary procedure is fair under the circumstances to adequately protect the public.”  

When we go to a doctor’s office, we should be able to expect the physicians to be specially trained and licensed medical professionals whose goal is to make us feel better, not violate us. Patients seek out seasoned doctors who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. They trust that the doctors and staff at the office are carefully vetted, professional, and safe. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for any health care employee, including a doctor, to touch a patient in any sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or other health care professional permitted to have sexual contact with a patient. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery by a doctor or at a hospital, medical office or other healthcare facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

 

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Florida Health Department Bars Broward County Gastroenterologist From Seeing Female Patients

The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order restricting gastroenterologist Subhash Gupta after he allegedly inappropriately touched a woman during an emergency room exam.  Dr. Gupta was practicing medicine in Pompano Beach, Florida.  He has been licensed to practice medicine in Florida since 1983.

According to the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Subhash Gupta touched a 58-year-old patient’s breasts without warning or a stethoscope after she came into the emergency room with a diagnosis of abdominal inflammation.  He repeated the same exam on the woman two other times, according to the emergency restriction order. The health department said Dr. Gupta’s exam was outside the scope of practice and was intended for Dr. Gupta’s around or sexual gratification.

Under the restriction order, Dr. Gupta cannot treat female patients.  Public records reveal Dr. Gupta was previously disciplined for performing an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy on a patient without her consent. Additionally, in 1993, Dr. Gupta was disciplined for providing inadequate medical care to seven patients and poor record keeping.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced  attorneys. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

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Clermont Acupuncturist Arrested for Sexual Battery of Teenage Patient

Clermont, Florida acupuncturist Matthew Johnson has been arrested on charges he sexually battered a 16-year old female patient during an acupuncture procedure.  According to law enforcement records, Matthew David Johnson allegedly placed his fingers in his teenage patient’s vagina and then forcibly put his mouth on her vagina to perform oral sex.  The Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order on January 29, 2019 on account of this alleged incident.  According to the Order, “Mr. Johnson’s continued practice as an acupuncturist constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida, and this summary procedure is fair under the circumstances to adequately protect the public.”

Johnson is an acupuncturist renting space at One Yoga and Fitness in Clermont, where the molestation allegedly occurred.  The teenage girl had been a patient of the Dr. Johnson for a few weeks but this was the first time he violated her according to police records.  Matthew Johnson, age 48, has been a licensed acupuncturist in the State of Florida since 2011.  He was arrested by the Clermont Police Department on a felony charge at his home in Groveland on October 31, 2018.  Police records say Johnson had a prior arrest for sexual battery on victim under 12 years old and a kidnapping charge.

In a national investigation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution examined documents that described disturbing acts of physician sexual abuse in every state. Rapes by OB/GYNs, seductions by psychiatrists, fondling by anesthesiologists and ophthalmologists, and molestations by pediatricians and radiologists.  Victims included babies, adolescents, senior citizens, drug addicts, and jail inmates.  But it could be anyone. Some patients were sedated when they were sexually assaulted. Others didn’t realize at first what had happened because the doctor improperly touched them or photographed them while pretending to do a legitimate medical exam.  Too often hospitals and health care organizations will brush off accusations or quietly push doctors out, the investigation found, without reporting them to police or licensing agencies.  We commend this alleged victim for having the courage to come forward.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have a lawyer experienced in these matters. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnelIf you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

 

 

 

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Two Misdemeanor Battery Charges Filed Against Former Palm Coast Doctor Florence Fruehan

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has filed two misdemeanor criminal charges against former doctor Florence Freuhan in connection with inappropriately touching two female clients.  At least five women in all have reported that their doctor, Florence Fruehan, made inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact with them.  The five women range in age from 39 to 74.  The criminal statute of limitations expired on the other claims for which he was not charged.

Previously, Palm Coast doctor Florence Fruehan had agreed to quit practicing medicine and relinquish his medical license as part of a disciplinary agreement with the Florida Department of Health.  The Florida Department of Health later issued a Final Order on December 6, 2018 accepting the Dr. Freuhan’s offer to relinquish his license which the Department construes as disciplinary action against his license.  Notably, Florence Fruehan may never again apply for license as an osteopathic physician in the State of Florida.

The agreement was made after Dr. Fruehan’s license was restricted after he was accused of sexual misconduct by the Department.  Fruehan remains under criminal investigation by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office following multiple claims of sexual misconduct with female clients.  Dr. Fruehan had been licensed as an osteopathic physician in Florida since 1987.

The agreement specifies that Fruehan surrendering his license “shall be construed as disciplinary action against [his] license” pursuant to Florida law. “  As with any disciplinary action, this relinquishment will be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank as disciplinary action. Licensing authorities in other states may impose discipline in their jurisdiction based on discipline taken in Florida.”

The Department of Health action was based on allegations by one of Dr. Fruehan’s patients, a 54-year-old Palm Coast woman identified as “J.M.”  She reports she was seen by Dr. Fruehan and treated for epilepsy for the past two years. During a May 24, 2018 visit, she said Dr. Fruehan led her into an exam room after she told him she was due for a mammogram and groped both of her breasts through her blouse and bra.  Earlier in the visit, Dr. Fruehan had learned that J.M.. recently became a widow.

Dr. Florence Fruehan was previously charged with sexual battery in May 2006 after a 26-year-old Palm Coast woman accused him of touching her inappropriately during an exam while her husband was in the room.  Flagler County courthouse records also indicate that  Dr.. Fruehan was the subject of two arrests for misdemeanor battery–on June 23, 1995, and  on Jan. 16, 1996. The charges were all dropped.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who was a patient of Dr. Fruehan and feels that they had an inappropriate experience to call them at (386) 313-4911.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have a lawyer experienced in these matters. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnelIf you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

DANGER IN THE EXAM ROOM: Doctors Who Sexually Assault Patients

Many people incorrectly assume that an act of sexual assault by a physician cannot happen to them because it is rare and a person with substantial education and elevated status would never commit such a heinous act. Both of these beliefs are completely inaccurate. Attorney Adam Horowitz has handled numerous cases involving sexual assault by medical doctors and other health care personnel.

Sexual assaults by doctor can occur to patients of all ages. It is not limited to children or the elderly.  Further, there are absolutely no studies revealing a connection whatsoever between one’s education level and the likelihood of committing sexual assault. Sadly, perpetrators come in all shapes and sizes. Sexual assault by doctors is woefully under-reported because patients, typically women or children, feel uncomfortable coming forward. Alternatively, they feel they will not be believed.

Sexual misconduct by doctors falls into three main categories:

(1) A romantic relationship with a former or current patient;

(2) Gaining sexual access by falsely indicating it is a part of treatment; and

(3) Sexual assault by making unwanted, uninvited sexual contact.

Each of these acts constitutes sexual misconduct and can be the subject of a criminal complaint or civil lawsuit. Moreover, they are all considered unethical by the American Medical Association and can result in professional discipline for the doctor or licensed healthcare provider. In many of these cases, doctors have used their power and the vulnerability of their patients to touch patients in places that the patients did not need or wanted to be touched. There are certain settings in which patients are particularly vulnerable for sexual assault. Patients under anesthesia are particularly at risk if they do not have a family member or friend with them. There are many reported cases involving patients under anesthesia who experienced non-consensual “pelvic and genital exams” and/or stripping of their underwear and gown against their wishes.

One common theme we often see in cases of sexual assault by medical providers is that there are often multiple victims of the same perpetrator. Studies on the psychology of sexual predators have taught us that predators will often continue to re-offend and even escalate their misconduct when their abusive behavior is not reported or goes unpunished. It is therefore critical for assault victims to report their assault to law enforcement and the Department of Health. Not only will you be standing up for yourself and holding the perpetrator accountable, but you will also be protecting another patient in the future. There is strength in numbers and we often see that when one victim has the courage to come forward that other victims and whistleblowers come forward as well.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have experienced legal counsel. Our attorneys are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

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Flagler County Doctor Florence Fruehan Facing Sexual Misconduct Claims

Palm Coast doctor Florence Fruehan is under criminal investigation by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office following multiple claims of sexual misconduct with female clients. Dr. Fruehan had been the subject of similar complaints in the past but managed to avoid criminal punishment or discipline by the Department of Health.  But in a June 29, 2018 Emergency Order, the State Surgeon General ordered the immediate restriction of Dr. Fruehan’s license to practice as a physician in the State of Florida.  He is not permitted to treat or interact with female patients without another licensed healthcare professional present.  Dr. Fruehan is an urgent care doctor on Pine Cone Drive in Palm Coast. The name of his practice is Palm Coast Urgent Care. His Department of Health profile states that he has privileges at Memorial Hospitals in Ormond Beach and Flagler.

The Emergency Order is based on allegations by one of Dr. Fruehan’s patients, a 54-year-old Palm Coast woman identified as “J.M.”  She reports she was seen by Dr. Fruehan and treated for epilepsy for the past two years. During a May 24, 2018 visit, she said Dr. Fruehan led her into an exam room after she told him she was due for a mammogram and groped both of her breasts through her blouse and bra.  Earlier in the visit, Dr. Fruehan had learned that J.M. recently became a widow.

Dr. Florence Fruehan was previously charged with sexual battery in May 2006 after a 26-year-old Palm Coast woman accused him of touching her inappropriately during an exam while her husband was in the room.  Flagler County courthouse records also indicate that  Dr.. Fruehan was the subject of two arrests for misdemeanor battery–on June 23, 1995, and  on Jan. 16, 1996. The charges were dropped.

The Flager County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who was a patient of Dr. Fruehan and feels that they had an inappropriate experience to file a formal complaint by calling (386) 313-4911.  The Sheriff’s Office has not announced whether Dr. Fruehan will be arrested for any sexual misconduct.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have a lawyer experienced in these matters. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com 

 

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Pennsylvania Pediatrician Johnnie “Jack” Barto Faces Dozens of Child Abuse Charges

Dr. Johnnie Wilson “Jack” Barto,  a 70-year old Pennsylvania pediatrician, faces dozens of child molestation charges after police say twenty-nine victims have come forward to allege he sexually abused them, in some cases as their unaware parents were in the same room.   The accusations go as far back as 1990, and as recent as early 2018.  Dr. Barto is accused of using his pediatric practice “to feed his own sexual desires.”  The majority of the incidents identified in the criminal complaint took place at Barto’s Richland Township office at Laurel Pediatrics, while others allegedly took place at Conemaugh Hospital or the Laurel Pediatrics Office in Somerset County.

The attorney general said Dr. Barto “violated every tenet of his oath as a doctor and as a decent human being — violating the trust of his victims, their parents and of the entire community.”  At this time no civil lawsuit are pending against Dr. Barto or his medical practice.

Dr. Barto was first arrested in January after allegedly fondling the genitals of children as young as two weeks old when they came in for ear infections and sore throats.  Victims told prosecutors that Dr. Barto would either use his body to shield the genital exams from parents in the room, ask parents to leave the exam room, or tell parents that the genital “examinations” with ungloved hands were routine.

The abuse occurred during routine wellness checks, physicals and for visits related to conditions such as influenza symptoms, seizures, kidney stones, ear infections and sore throats.  Police said he molested both girls and boys, though most of the alleged victims were girls. The charging documents said Barto used his bare fingers to digitally penetrate girls and fondle the genitals of boys. Dr. Barto was accused in 1998 of sexually molesting two girls during office visits. He was never charged criminally and denied the allegations. Two years later the Board of Medicine determined he could keep his license, ruling the allegations lacked evidence.

The mother of two other  alleged victims, a 10-year-old girl and her 11-year-old brother, complained to the family’s regular pediatrician after Barto reached inside both children’s underwear “and began feeling around each of their genitals,” police wrote.  The family’s primary pediatrician, who worked in the same medical practice as Barto, told the mother that Barto “has an ‘odd bedside manner’and she believed he possibly suffers from Asperger’s disease,” police said in the arrest affidavit.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted by a physician or at a doctor’s office or hospital, it is important to have an experienced lawyer acting on  the victim’s behalf. We are experienced in handling cases involving sexual assault by doctors and other medical personnel. If you have a been a victim of sexual assault by a doctor in a hospital or medical office, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com