A renowned "TED-talker" and ER doctor at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital who served in Iraq and who advocates for improved doctor-patient relationships was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually abusing two patients, the New York Times reports. David H. Newman, said to be in his 40s (the Times and New York Daily News note he's 45) first came to the attention of police when a woman in her 20s called them Jan. 12 and said Dr. Newman assaulted her the night before. She says Newman entered the private room in the ER where she was being examined for shoulder pain, injected her with morphine even after she told him nurses already had, then groped her and masturbated on her face while she was incapacitated, sources tell the Daily News. After that story broke, a second woman, 22, came forward Sunday and told authorities that during a September visit to the ER for a bad head cold, Newman had groped her breast, the paper notes.
An assistant DA said that Newman—who CBS New York said "showed no emotion" as he entered the NYPD's Special Victims division Tuesday with his lawyer—must have been carrying around his own supply of morphine, as only nurses are typically given access to the drug, per CBS. "[Dr. Newman] has been suspended from Mount Sinai pending the outcome of the investigation, and we continue to cooperate fully with the appropriate authorities," a statement from the hospital says, per the Times. Authorities want a court order for Newman's DNA to compare to DNA on the hospital gown the shoulder pain victim wore; she says she used the gown to wipe his semen off her face, then stashed it as evidence, the Daily News notes. "That's horrifying," a South Bronx woman who says she's had multiple surgeries at Mount Sinai tells CBS. "To hear something like that is very scary … how many other women has this happened to?" A judge Tuesday night set Newman's bail at $50,000 cash or $150,000 bond, the Times notes. (Jezebel has received multiple emails of support for Newman.)