A doctor working at Mercy Medical Center faces indecency and sexual imposition charges involving two of his patients. William H. Fiegenschuh was suspended from Mercy when allegations surfaced.
A Stark County doctor is accused of exposing himself to two patients and making sexual contact with one of them.
William H. Fiegenschuh Jr., 62, faces two criminal misdemeanor charges of public indecency and one sexual imposition allegation in Canton Municipal Court.
Court papers filed last week allege Fiegenschuh exposed himself to one patient at least seven times from January through April. Another patient alleges he exposed himself to her and made physical contact with her Jan. 22.
The doctor was working in Mercy Medical Center’s alcohol and drug treatment program when the alleged incidents occurred with two adult women, said police detective Leroy Adams.
“These are professional women, they’re not crackheads,” he said of the two accusers.
Fiegenschuh was suspended from Mercy when the complaints were filed, said hospital spokeswoman Lynne Dragomier.
Fiegenschuh, of 1308 Fernwood Blvd. in Alliance, did not immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.
His attorney, Bradley Iams, issued a statement on his client’s behalf.
“Dr. Fiegenschuh is deeply disappointed that certain accusations made by two disgruntled former patients have resulted in the filing of criminal charges. He has entered not guilty pleas to those allegations and expects that once all the facts are presented he will be exonerated.
“While it may be tempting to confront the accusations now in public, given the complicated nature of the physician -patient relationship, and certain privacy considerations, it is not appropriate to do so. Nevertheless, we believe that the motivation behind the accusations, and their timing, are related."
Adams said if there are other women who feel they may have been victimized, they can call (330) 438-4424 to talk to an investigator.
Fiegenschuh’s status with the Ohio Medical Board is listed as active, with a specialty in addiction to medicine. His license was suspended in August 2000 due to alcohol abuse and reinstated in November 2002, state records show.
Canton Municipal Judge Stephen Belden will hold pre-trial hearing Oct. 5. A trial is slated for Oct. 15 at 9 a.m.
Fiegenschuh remains free on bond.