Crime

Doctor Allegedly Told Patient Sexual Molestation Is ‘Part Of Her Fertility Treatment’

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A fertility doctor has been accused by staff and patients of sexually molesting women while they were under anesthesia.

Allegations against Dr. Roger Ian Hardy, who practiced at the nine-office Fertility Centers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, date back 10 years.

According to the latest investigations from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine Hardy was set to be suspended as “an immediate and serious threat to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

The reproductive endocrinologist has since turned in his medical license.

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“I was afraid … something criminal had been done to me,’’ a patient said, describing how Hardy, 55, tried to stimulate her sexually while she was half-sedated in Dec. 2003 in Danvers, Mass.

Since that case, staff alleged they witnessed Hardy inappropriately touch sedated women.

One patient claims Hardy rubbed her genitals during an un-chaperoned exam in 2011 and told her the sexual touching was “part of her fertility treatment,” according to the New York Daily News.

A total of 18 witnesses gave testimony to the Board.

Hardy has denied the allegations against him.

Aside from the Board’s inquiry, the Department of Public Health, which licensed the fertility clinic, has a separate “ongoing investigation” into the claims.

Sources: New York Daily News, Boston Globe