ALBANY – A doctor from Clarence charged last year with sexually abusing a patient in his Depew office was arraigned Wednesday in Erie County Court in Buffalo on 17 additional counts after more witnesses came forward following publicity on the case, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.
Dr. Dharam Paul Garg, 62, now faces one felony count of rape, five felony counts of criminal sexual acts and 11 misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse.
“Doctors who sexually abuse the patients in their care are guilty of a particularly heinous crime,” said Schneiderman, whose office has been handling the investigation and prosecution of the case. “I commend the bravery of the victims who came forward and will ensure that my office prosecutes this case to the fullest extent of the law,” he added.
An indictment against the doctor said he engaged in sexual acts in his Depew office with four different patients on multiple occasions. In one case, Schneiderman said, Garg is alleged to have had sexual contact with the same woman during five different appointments and sexual intercourse during a sixth appointment.
Garg, of Shimerville Road, was charged last December with sexually abusing a 49-year-old patient Nov. 9 in his Depew office. The Attorney General’s Office at the time said he signed a statement admitting to sexual relations with the woman over a two-year period.
The evidence against the doctor in that case included a video recording that the woman made on her cellphone.
The Attorney General’s Office said New York law states that patients cannot give consent to sexual conduct with a physician during an examination, consultation or treatment session.