On Aug. 15, the Ohio Medical Board of Ohio suspended the license of a 59-year-old Hudson doctor, alleging he was involved in sexual misconduct with at least five patients under his care at a Stow medical facility from 2010 to 2013.
The license of James Patrick Bressi, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, was suspended after the board determined his "continued practice presents a danger of immediate and serious harm to the public," according to an Aug. 15 medical board report.
The medical board alleged that from 2010 to "about" March 2013, Bressi "perpetrated non-consensual sexual activity" with five patients while working as a doctor at Summit Pain Specialists in Stow.
The medical board alleged that he rubbed his penis against patients, including one who was confined to a bed at home, that he digitally penetrated the same patient and had a two-year "sexual relationship" with another patient under his care.
According to the report, Bressi denied the charges.
Bressi's attorney, John Schiller, did not return calls for comment by press time.
The medical board report also stated in the report, which was directed at Bressi, that "at least 18 complaints against you had been filed with police.''
Stow Police Det. Jeff Swanson confirmed Aug. 19 that the department was investigating criminal charges against Bressi, but he could not give any details.
"The allegations against Dr. Bressi are disturbing and we take them very seriously," Dean Rombach, CEO of Summit Pain Specialists said Aug. 19.
The report states that Bressi admitted being fired from the Stow medical practice March 14, 2013, "due to complaints that you had engaged in inappropriate touching of patients, as well as your violation of the chaperone policy."
Rombach confirmed Bressi was fired in March and said the company has and will continue to cooperate with police during the investigation.
"We are sad that even one of our patients have been subjected to this kind of treatment at our practice and we hold the safety and well-being of our patients as our highest priority," Rombach said. "We will not tolerate any behavior by any member of our staff that abuses the trust of our patients."
A lawsuit filed in Summit County Common Pleas Court May 8 by a group of women alleges Bressi "engaged in conduct which was outrageous and would shock the conscience of a normal individual and that deviated from the standard of care, skill and diligence that a reasonable physical would have exercised."
Attorney Lawrence Scanlon is representing eight of the women in suit, which also contains complaints against Summit Pain Specialists and its employees. Scanlon said at least eight more women may file complaints.
"We don't take it lightly -- it's very serious for everybody," Scanlon said Aug. 19 of the charges. "It is a shocking set of circumstances. I don't know how many people are involved."
Bressi has 30 days to appeal the charges to the board, which could permanently revoke his license.
As of press time, there were no criminal charges filed against Bressi.