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In his testimony with a State Medical Board of Ohio investigator , Johnson said his suspension was the result of a misunderstanding. He said the woman misinterpreted his directions, and that he only wanted her to remove a heavy sweater so he could take her blood pressure.
But the woman, who is not identified in the transcript, testified that the doctor’s instructions were clear. She said she asked him if he wanted her to “take everything off,” and he replied, “Yes, everything” as he walked out of the exam room without offering her a gown.
The Dayton Daily News found Johnson and other doctors are sometimes referred for treatment by the state medical board as part of a sanction for sexual misconduct.
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Between 1999 and 2015 the Ohio board received 75,584 complaints about doctors, including 1,360 that involved sexual misconduct allegations, the newspaper’s investigation found. About 17 percent of the sexual misconduct complaints resulted in disciplinary action, according to the board.
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Ohio Medical Board officials say they refer all criminal cases to law enforcement. But when a physician’s actions “do not violate the law but are not just not appropriate,” they are referred instead to mandatory therapy or “a personal/professional boundaries and ethics course,” said Tessie Pollock, a spokeswoman for the state medical board.