New Hartford psychiatrist pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

Dr. Surendra Johri (booking photo)

A New Hartford psychiatrist who was acquitted on sexual abuse charges in June has pleaded not guilty to new charges.

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 4:13 PM

A New Hartford psychiatrist who was acquitted on sexual abuse charges in June has pleaded not guilty to new charges.

Dr. Surendra Johri and his attorney made a brief appearance in Utica City Court on Wednesday, where Johri pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse and forcible touching. Johri is accused of touching a female patient sexually back in 2017 when he was working as a psychiatrist at Community Health Behavioral Services in Utica.

The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office offered a plea deal for Johri to plead guilty to all of the charges and then the sentencing would be up to the judge, but Johri’s attorney rejected the offer on the spot.

Johri is headed to trial later this summer for an unrelated case, where Johri is also charged with sexual abuse and forcible touching following accusations from another alleged victim.

In mid-June, Johri stood trial in Utica City Court after he was accused of sexually abusing a female patient by placing her hand on his groin during a counseling session at Community Health Behavioral Services. Johri was found not guilty by a judge, but he was terminated from his employment with the center.

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