(NationalUSNews.com) — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 58 male victims against Dr. Darius Paduch, a urologist working out of New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Columbia University, and Northwell Health. This is one of many lawsuits regarding the sexual abuse of patients by Dr. Paduch, who was arrested on April 11, 2023. His indictment includes accusations of sexual misconduct with minors. One patient says that his abuse by Paduch began when he was only 14 and continued for years.
This newest lawsuit regarding the sexual exploitation of patients by Dr. Paduch is being filed under New York’s Adult Survivors Act. This is a short-term law that allows people who have suffered sexual abuse but have passed the statute of limitations to file a civil case against the perpetrators and any organization or institution that knew of the abuse but did not stop or report it. The Adult Survivors Act’s window for filing such lawsuits will close on November 23, 2023.
The lawsuit claims that the institutions knew of the allegations against Dr. Paduch for years but took no steps to remove him or protect patients from him. Darius Paduch left New York-Presbyterian for Northwell Health in 2019. After his arrest, Northwell Health sent out a letter informing patients that Dr. Paduch was no longer working for them, including instructions on setting up appointments with other urologists still in their employ. The letter did not mention the allegations against Paduch.
There are indications that the abuses started as early as 2005 and that complaints from patients have been trickling in over the years that have gone unaddressed. One of the lawsuits includes a letter from a urology nurse addressed to Human Resources at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center alleging sexual misconduct in the workplace. In 2018, a former patient contacted the New York Health Department with reports of similar sexual misconduct that have appeared in the current lawsuits. There is no evidence that any institution ever formally investigated Dr. Paduch. The criminal trial is expected to take place in late 2023.
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