NEW YORK, March 25 (UPI) -- A New York doctor was indicted for sexually abusing four of his patients at Mount Sinai Hospital, prosecutors said.
David Newman, 45, director of clinical research in emergency medicine at Manhattan's Mount Sinai Hospital, was indicted for one count of first-degree sexual abuse and four counts of third-degree sexual abuse, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said in a statement.
Newman allegedly abused four female patients, ages 18-29, between August 2015 and January 2016, prosecutors said.
Three of the women were allegedly groped last year while seeking treatment for a cold, a headache and a rash. The fourth patient was seeking treatment for shoulder pain and was allegedly drugged, groped and masturbated on by Newman.
"One was sedated to the point of being physically helpless," Vance said. "A nightmare scenario for any patient to endure. I would like to thank these brave women for their strength in coming forward."
Newman, who officials said no longer works at the hospital, denies the allegations.
"I am embarrassed because I [masturbated] in the lounge, and it was possible that that the ejaculate may have gone from my hands to the woman's blanket," Newman told police in January. "Semen may have also transferred from my hand to her face during the time I treated her."
Newman is a father of two and has written about how to improve doctor-patient relationships.