A bond amount has been given in a Case where a Casper doctor stands accused of 9 counts of Second degree sexual assault and three counts of third degree sexual assault. The charges outlined in court paperwork indicate that the alleged incidents date back as far as 2013.
Each charge of Second Degree Sexual Assault carries a potential sentence of not-less-than-two, nor more-than-twenty years imprisonment, a fine of not-more-than $10,000, or both. Each charge of Third Degree Sexual Assault carries a potential sentence of 15 years imprisonment, a fine of not-more-than-$10,000 or both.
According to heavily redacted court documents, many of the complaints come from women claiming to be former patients of 47-year-old Paul M. Harnetty; many of the women alleging that Harnetty touched them in an inappropriate and unwelcome sexual manner during doctor’s visits. In at least one case a witness had come forward claiming that she had, as a patient, engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with Harnetty, before also alleging that Harnetty had touched her in an unwelcome sexual manner during an exam.
Victims accused Harnetty of inappropriately touching them on the breasts, genitals, and anus. Some victims comparing the visits with Harnetty to other visits to different doctors, and saying that the exams delivered by Harnetty didn’t feel appropriate.
Harnetty was a doctor with a east side Casper clinic and had privileges at a local hospital. In that capacity he practiced obstetrics and gynecology. Reports say that Harnetty is no longer employed with the clinic and no longer has hospital privileges in the Casper area.
Some of the victims say that they were compelled to report Harnetty for inappropriate behavior, after some women went public on social media, encouraging other victims to come forward.
Harnetty was arrested in Hennepin County Minnesota in late January, on a warrant issued out of Natrona County.
Harnetty also faces an unrelated drug charge, alleging that he attempted to buy multiple grams of Nandrolone from a business overseas. Nandrolone is described as a synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid derived from testosterone. Nandrolone is considered a Schedule III drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The suspect was previously under investigation for public intoxication in February of 2015. It was alleged during the investigation, that Harnetty was on call with with the area hospital where Harnetty had privileges at the time, meaning that Harnetty could have been called into work during the incident.
Harnetty made an initial appearance on the sexual assault charges in Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon (2/17/17), where Harnetty heard the official charges against him. Judge H. Steven Brown handed down a bond amount of $50,000 cash or surety, with the provision that he not have
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