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  • AKRON -- Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh said a 23-count indictment has been handed down against Dr. James Bressi, 59, of Hudson.

    Dr. Bressi is accused of sexually assaulting female patients he was treating at Summit Pain Specialists in Stow.

    Back on Aug. 6, WKYC's The Investigator Tom Meyer first told of allegations against Bressi.

    Meyer followed up that story on Aug. 16 when Bressi's medical license was suspended.

    The indictment includes rape, 11 counts of gross sexual imposition, and 11 counts of sexual imposition.

    "These women put their trust and faith in a medical professional to alleviate their pain," said Walsh.

    "Instead of finding relief from chronic pain, they were sexually assaulted. My office will work to ensure Dr. Bressi is held accountable for his actions."

    The charges follow the suspension of Bressi's medical license by the state medical board on Aug. 16. The board referred to him as "a serious and immediate danger to the public" and based its action on complaints from five female patients, who said he sexually victimized them in his examining room.

    As reported exclusively by the Investigator Tom Meyer in July, nearly three dozen female patients have come forward with complaints of sexual violations by Bressi.

    Bressi, 59, of Hudson, declined comment on the allegations, though he previously said he was "innocent" and refused to answer questions. Stow police have also not responded to calls, other than to say that there was a criminal investigation of Bressi.

    As a patient named Pam told Channel 3, "It was almost unfathomable. He would stick his hands into my underpants. He had an erection." In a report filed with the Stow Police Department, one patient said she was raped in an attack that left bruises on her body.

    Other patients say he engaged in masturbation while they were in his examining room. One was sedated when her husband saw through a crack in the examining room curtains that Bressi was touching her genitals.

    Bressi worked at Summit Pain Specialists in Stow, which had received complaints from both patients and staff that he was engaging in inappropriate conduct with patients.

    He admitted to the medical board that he was fired in March because of the complaints. One patient had told the medical board that the sexual activity occurred at the clinic during a medical procedure, when Bressi placed her hand on his genitals. Some women allege that he raped them digitally.

    Another patient reported that he had her masturbate him. Several of the women who complained to the medical board described precisely the same actions by Bressi.

    The female patients who spoke to Channel 3 said they would have come forward sooner, but they feared Bressi might cut off the pain medication they badly needed.

    They also thought no one would believe them.

    One of Bressi's partners at Summit Pain Specialists was Dr. Robert Geiger, who is still seeing patients at the clinic. He also has refused comment.

    Three lawsuits have been filed against Bressi in Summit County Common Pleas Court in recent months, alleging sexual misconduct.

    An arraignment date has not been set.

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