A prominent New York doctor has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing female patients during a breast cancer screening.
Dr. Mark Jackson allegedly put his mouth on the woman’s breasts during a screening at the Starting Point Clinic in September,last year and forcibly put her hand on his genitals, prosecutors say. He was her primary care physician.
He was arrested Wednesday on charges of two counts of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of forcible touching.
The COO of Starting Point, Gemma Rogers, said Thursday, “We are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Dr. Jackson. We became aware of them in October 2017. We immediately suspended him without pay. We also reported it to the New York State Justice Center. Since then, we have been cooperating and we have also terminated Dr. Jackson.”
This is not Jackson’s first arrest. Prosecutors said he was convicted in 1996 for distribution of a controlled substance in the Southern District of New York. He was sentenced to a year in jail with three years of supervised released.
Jackson has been at the Harlem clinic for three years, and officials say they’re concerned there may be other victims.
“Patients place a unique trust in their medical practitioners to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism and care,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said.
“As alleged here, Mark Jackson betrayed that trust when he sexually abused a patient seeking a simple breast cancer screening. Having attended to numerous patients over the course of his three years at this clinic, many of whom were grappling with substance use disorder, there is reason to believe there may be additional survivors of his alleged conduct.”
Dr Jackson was ordered held on $15,000 bail at his arraignment Wednesday night.