An indictment was returned Thursday against Dr. David Newman, a 45-year-old physician and book author who has given TED Talks and blogged for The New York Times and Huffington Post. An Iraq war veteran, Newman was the director of clinical research in emergency medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Newman has since been fired, hospital officials confirm.
Authorities initially arrested Newman in January after a woman claimed he had drugged, groped and masturbated on her, according to a criminal complaint obtained by PEOPLE.
Newman has been indicted on 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.
His alleged crimes occurred between August 2015 and his January arrest.
“As alleged in this indictment, four young women who came to the hospital for medical treatment were sexually abused by the very doctor entrusted with their care,” Vance said. “One was sedated to the point of being physically helpless – a nightmare scenario for any patient to endure.”
Vance contends Newman allegedly sexually abused three of his victims who sought treatment in August, September and October. In January, Newman allegedly sexually abused a female patient who complained of shoulder pain.
One of Newman’s alleged victims, Aja Newman, filed a civil suit against the doctor last month, claiming he’d given her morphine during her visit and waited until she was sedated before assaulting her.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages. It names other emergency room staffers who, the suit alleges, “failed to enforce internal policies.”
The suit also claims the hospital allegedly “negligently” hired, trained, and supervised Newman, according to court documents.
Newman’s Huffington Post biography claims his book, Hippocrates’ Shadow: Secrets From the House of Medicine, “explores the underbelly of modern medicine and the fraying of the patient-doctor bond, using patient narrative and examples of misconstrued research.”
Newman’s attorney, Susan Necheles, did not return calls or emails seeking comment Friday.