Germantown doctor’s license suspended amid allegations involving teen boys

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A longtime Germantown primary care physician’s medical license was suspended Wednesday amid allegations he inappropriately exchanged drugs for sex acts with teenage boys and improperly treated some patients.

The State Medical Board of Ohio ordered Dr. Noel J. Watson, 76, to immediately cease practicing in Ohio and to refer his patients to other physicians. The board notified Watson of the summary suspension in a letter dated Wednesday that stated he has 30 days to request a hearing in writing.

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Watson’s family medicine practice was at 1225 W. Market St. He was a physician for Providence Medical Group, which has removed his profile from the website.

The state board said it intends to determine whether to limit, revoke, permanently revoke or suspend his medical license, or refuse to renew or reinstate his license or certificate.

The reasons the board gave included that Watson since at least 2007 allegedly hired teenage boys to perform odd jobs, such as yard work, around his home and medical practice, and that all or some of them were current or former patients. For at least two of the teens “you engaged in sexual misconduct with and/or administered drugs for other than legal and legitimate therapeutic purposes to them,” the document says.

One of the patients claimed he became addicted to drugs he said Watson provided, and that the doctor “forced him to engage in sexual acts in order to continue to obtain the narcotics,” the letter says.

A woman who had worked at the practice for 10 years reported to law enforcement in July that around February she became aware of an allegation that Watson was giving morphine to teens and engaging in sex acts with them. The now former employee reported that she confronted Watson and that he did not deny it, according to the letter.

The board document outlined possible Ohio Revised Code violations, but it is not clear whether it will refer the case to law enforcement.

Watson also was issued a citation in January that claims he did not treat 10 patients properly regarding documentation and treatment with narcotics and for allegedly not making referrals for chronic pain management and mental health services.

The citation is pending and is scheduled for a hearing early next year.