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Dr. Johri sexual assault trial adjourned

The second sexual abuse trial of New Hartford psychiatrist, Dr. Surendra Johari, was supposed to take place in Utica City Court Monday.

Posted: Dec. 10, 2018 6:37 PM

UTICA -- The second sexual abuse trial of New Hartford psychiatrist, Dr. Surendra Johri, was supposed to take place in Utica City Court Monday.

The case was adjourned until February 4, 2019.

The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to change the date of when the alleged sexual abuse happened, claiming investigators made an error. Court documents say the alleged incident, against one patient, happened on November 25, 2017. Prosecutors say the alleged incident happened on November 11, 2017.

Due to the prosecution changing the date of the alleged incident, Defense Attorney Christopher Pelli filed a motion to dismiss the charges against one of the patients. The prosecution has until December 17 to respond to the motion to dismiss the charges.

Johri was acquitted in June of the sexual abuse charges he faced at that time. Johri is now accused of touching a female patient sexually in 2017, when he worked as a psychiatrist at Community Health Behavioral Services in Utica.

In a separate case, Johri faces the same sexual abuse and forcible touching charges following accusations from another alleged victim.

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