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Hudson doctor accused of raping patient in custody; more potential victims step forward

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The case against the Hudson doctor accused of inappropriately touching his patients is growing.

Stow police Chief Louis J. Dirker said Friday afternoon that since news of the legal troubles of Dr. James P. Bressi surfaced at least 40 additional potential victims have contacted authorities.

“The investigation continues as more victims are still coming forward,” Dirker said in a news release.

Bressi, 59, was arrested at his Victoria Parkway home in Hudson about noon Friday by members of the Northeast Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Stow police, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Hudson police.

Dirker said the arrest is the culmination of a 1½-year investigation by Stow Detective Jeff Swanson following complaints that arose over the doctor’s conduct at Summit Pain Specialists in Stow.

Bressi already has been indicted by a Summit County grand jury on 23 counts that include rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition.

The pain management doctor also faces a civil lawsuit alleging sexual offenses against several patients — some in their 70s.

The indictment cites 10 female victims, with the last alleged offense taking place in March, just prior to Bressi’s departure from the clinic, and dating back to September 2011.

The State Medical Board of Ohio suspended Bressi’s medical license earlier this month.

Eight former patients filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in May against Bressi and the clinic.

Bressi has denied the allegations through filings in the civil case and also before the state medical board.

Stow police are asking potential victims or anyone with information to call 330-689-5734.


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