Tri-state doctor sued for alleged sexual abuse of a patient

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - A Kentucky woman has filed suit against a Tri-State doctor after she says he molested her during visits to his Newport office.

The suit was filed in Campbell County District Court and it names Dr. Seth Johnston and the Northern Kentucky Center for Pain Relief, where Dr. Johnston worked. The woman claims it was last October when she was seeking treatment for ankle and spine pain, that the doctor began putting his hands on her breasts and down her pants.

She took her concerns to Newport Police who, with the help of local FBI agents, wired the woman when she went in for her next appointment. Eric Deters, who is representing the patient, says the doctor continued to molest the woman, and that it is all caught on surveillance video which he will subpoena. In documents obtained by FOX19, Dr. Johnston claims the sexual contact with the woman was inappropriate, but consensual.

Johnston was charged with two counts of third degree sexual assault. In January of this year, however, those charges were dropped. While the criminal case against Dr. Johnston may have ended, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure ordered the doctor to surrender his license to practice medicine in the state. As part of that agreement, he is to have no sexual contact with any patient, or employee, and he is not to see patients in any state of nudity without a chaperon.

The State of Ohio has also revoked his license. Johnston can, however, petition the state of Kentucky to be reinstated in 2013.

Before his practice here in the Tri-State, Johnston had a medical license in the state of New York. But in 2002, his license was not renewed, and Johnston was informed he may not apply to have it reinstated due to similar allegations there.

The civil suit seeks unspecified monetary damages. FOX19 contacted Dr. Johnston who referred us to his attorney. The Northern Kentucky Center for Pain Relief also had no comment on the suit, saying they were unaware of it. Deters says the center was responsible for doing a thorough background check on Dr. Johnston before allowing him to practice there.

FOX19 will continue to follow this story.

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