A doctor who is accused of inappropriately touching patients’ genitals is facing disciplinary action after the man admitted to doing so, according to an investigation by the Independent.
Dr. Jonathan D. McWilliams was named as the source of the allegations by the Health Department in a letter sent to the doctor on Thursday.
The doctor is accused by a patient, who is also a medical resident, of “touching the patient’s genitals inappropriately” in October 2016, according a copy of the letter obtained by the Associated Press.
McWilliam, who has worked as a general practitioner for 16 years, said he was unaware of the allegation and that he has been “taken to task” for it.
“I’ve been taking the necessary steps to take care of patients in my practice and I don’t intend to be distracted from my patients’ needs,” McWilliams wrote.
“In the meantime, I apologize to my patients and will be taking the appropriate disciplinary actions.”
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said McWilliams “was making comments to her that she knew were inappropriate” and that she was upset because “he was touching me.”
“The comments were offensive, and I felt that they were being made to me,” she said.
“He then proceeded to make comments to me that were in direct contrast to the tone he was attempting to convey.”
The unnamed woman said she “felt unsafe” after seeing McWilliams on two separate occasions while she was working.
McWilliams said in an email to the AP that he had been “noted by colleagues for a variety of reasons” and is currently working on improving his treatment practices.
He also said he “has taken the time to consult with my team regarding these allegations and we will be addressing them in the coming weeks.”
McWilliams’ name has not been released by the health department.
The Associated Press has reached out to McWilliams for comment.
The health department is seeking to discipline McWilliams as a result of the case, which is still being investigated.
In an interview with the AP last month, McWilliams denied the allegations and said he had no intention of making a mistake.
“You cannot touch someone inappropriately and expect them to respect you, which they won’t,” he said.
McQuaid said he could not comment on the case because it is still under investigation and he is not aware of any disciplinary action being taken against him.
“It’s just something that happened at a private clinic,” McQuain said.
Health officials said they have taken steps to address the concerns raised by the unnamed woman.
“We are actively working with our colleagues to address this matter and we have committed to taking appropriate action against any individuals who engage in this behavior,” said Dr. Brian Smith, director of the department’s Division of Clinical Quality and Safety.
“There is no excuse for inappropriate touching of patients and the department will continue to work to identify and prosecute those who engage.”
McQuains complaint comes a day after McWilliams apologized in a video posted to Facebook.
In the video, McQuistas said he took the comments out of context, but that he was aware of “the comments made to the complainant” and “the need to respect other people’s bodies.”
The Associated News first reported on the allegations.