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December trial set for local psychiatrist accused of sexually abusing patients

The local psychiatrist who is accused of sexually abusing several patients will face another trial in December.

Posted: Sep. 14, 2018 1:35 PM

UTICA – The local psychiatrist who is accused of sexually abusing several patients will face another trial in December.

In two separate cases, Dr. Surendra Johri is charged with third-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching after he allegedly sexually touched two patients while he was working as a psychiatrist at Community Health Behavioral Services in Utica. In connection to one of the patients, Johri is charged with one count each of sexual abuse and forcible touching, and in connection to the second patient, Johri is charged with two counts of each charge.

Johri appeared in Utica City Court on Friday, where it was determined that Johri will face a trial beginning on Dec. 10 in Utica City Court.

The judge granted the prosecution’s motion to consolidate the two separate cases with two separate victims into one trial.

Johri chose a bench trial, which means that a judge rather than jury will decide his fate. The judge set aside Dec. 10-12 for the trial, during which the alleged victims are expected to testify.

The judge overseeing the trial is the same judge who acquitted Johri of sexual abuse charges back in June.

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