LIMA — A Bluffton doctor charged with three counts of sexual imposition is facing additional charges in Lima Municipal Court.
Dr. James A. Gideon, a rheumatology and internal medicine physician, was served with three additional counts of sexual imposition on Friday, bringing the total number of charges to six. All six counts of sexual imposition are third-degree misdemeanors.
Gideon has pleaded not guilty to the first three counts of sexual imposition, but he did not make a plea on the additional charges Friday at a pretrial hearing.
The charges were filed by the Bluffton Police Department, which was involved in Gideon’s investigation. Police were notified of Gideon’s alleged sexual misconduct after the department was contacted by the State Medical Board of Ohio, which suspended his medical license on June 14.
According to medical records, the Board found “clear and convincing evidence” that Gideon violated the Ohio Revised Code, and that his continued practice would present a “danger of immediate and serious harm to the public.”
The Board’s decision to suspend Gideon’s medical license came after Gideon admitted to sexual misconduct with multiple patients between September 2013 and May 2017.
Gideon told a board investigator that he unnecessarily touched the breasts of three patients in the course of treating adjacent areas of the body, according to medical records. He admitted to the investigator that he “knowingly touched the nipple/areola area in a manner that was not medically necessary.”
“This is contrary to my understanding of appropriate care and of appropriate behavior, and I deeply regret this serious lapse in judgment,” Gideon said in a sworn written statement to the board.
Though Gideon’s statement indicates he admitted to inappropriate behavior toward his patients, he has called the situation a “public lynching” that has “circumvented the constitutional intent of due process of law to determine truth.”
In a Letter to the Editor published Monday in The Lima News, Gideon stated that the Ohio State Medical Board “has unparalleled power and freedom to conduct investigations and impose penalties, without the usual cherished constitutional constraints that govern virtually every other aspect of law in our society.”
He would not comment further, citing the “serious legal issues involved.”
Gideon’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 7 in Lima Municipal Court.
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