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Doctor gave unnecessary breast exams, drugged patient before sexual assault

A former Mount-Sinai emergency room physician was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday for sexually abusing four female patients.

Dr. David Newman, 46, pleaded guilty in December to five sex abuse counts for abusing the women between August 2015 and January 2016 at the Manhattan, New York, hospital, according to the New York Daily News.  Newman’s victims were minority women between the ages of 18 and 29.

A 29-year-old victim recalled the Jan. 12 visit for a shoulder injury where the doctor administered Propofol she didn’t need before masturbating on her.

“I remember thinking, ‘I was going to die if I didn’t get out of here,’” the woman said in her victim impact statement, according to the New York Post. “I want to get away from the disgust I feel whenever I think about you assaulting me, the feeling of being worthless, the embarrassment.”

As part of his plea deal, Newman also admitted to giving three patients a breast exam for no medical purpose. The ex-Mount Sinai doctor plead guilty to one count of first-degree sexual abuse and four counts of third-degree sexual abuse last month.

Though Justice Michael J. Obus described Newman’s actions “a gross violation of your position of trust,” he told the 46-year-old that “I actually believe that you are sincere in your apology,” according to The New York Times.

Newman will be under supervised release for three years and is ordered to register as a sex offender. On Monday, the physician apologized to patients and doctors everywhere.

Judge Obus said, according to CBS New York: “I hope [you’re sorry], but I’m not sure these women can get past what happened to them.”