A Hudson doctor previously indicted on 23 counts of sexual offenses has been charged in a new indictment with one additional count of rape and three other sex-related crimes, Summit County court records show.
James P. Bressi, 59, is on GPS-monitored house arrest as he awaits his scheduled Jan. 27 trial date.
He will be arraigned on the new charges, which were filed in a supplemental indictment earlier this month, during a court appearance this morning before Common Pleas Judge Tom Parker.
Bressi’s attorney, Michael T. Callahan, said Monday that he was continuing to review the government’s allegations.
“With a pending criminal case, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment until such time as we have everything in front of us. Until then, we’re going to continue to prepare an aggressive defense,” Callahan said.
When Bressi’s earlier indictment was announced on Aug. 29, authorities said his victims were female patients at a pain management center, Summit Pain Specialists in Stow. The initials of 10 victims, some in their 70s, were contained in court records.
Authorities said the latest count of rape was investigated after Bressi’s arrest, when a new victim came forward following news coverage of the announcement of the indictment. The State Medical Board of Ohio suspended Bressi’s medical license previously this summer. The county’s supplemental indictment also contains two felony counts of gross sexual imposition and one misdemeanor count of sexual imposition.
Details in the indictment show that many of the offenses allegedly occurred as recently as March, just prior to Bressi’s departure from the clinic. Some of the incidents date back to September 2011.
The indictment states that some of the patients were victims of force or threats of force. Other charges accuse Bressi of preying on patients who were impaired from age or illness.
Summit County court records show Bressi also was named as the principal defendant in four separate civil lawsuits, involving claims of medial malpractice, since May of this year.
Those suits contained the names of as many as nine former patients who joined the cause of action as co-plaintiffs.
Bressi’s attorneys in the civil litigation have said in court papers that the doctor “vehemently denies” the allegations against him. Notably absent in those cases is “any fact” supporting the women’s claims of “non-consensual touching,” the records state.
State medical records show that Bressi, an osteopath specialist, also denied the sexual allegations while being interviewed by the board.
Ed Meyer can be reached at 330-996-3784 or at email@example.com. Phil Trexler contributed to this report.