Update: Court won’t hear Georgia woman’s allegation of rape

When Dr. Paul Harnetty goes on trial in Wyoming later this month, the jury won’t hear a report by a Georgia woman that he had raped her, according to a news report.

A Wyoming radio station reported that a woman contacted Casper, Wyoming police on Nov. 27 and said she was sexually assaulted by the doctor in December 2011. But a judge excluded that information from his upcoming trial on charges he sexually assaulted Wyoming patients.

Here’s a link to that news report: http://k2radio.com/report-of-georgia-womans-rape-may-not-be-used-in-trial-of-former-casper-doctor/

Last week, the AJC reported that when Harnetty worked in Warner Robins, Ga., he had been accused of sexually harassing nurses at a Georgia hospital, and that the Georgia medical board had conducted a 22-month investigation of him. But the board here never imposed any public disciplinary action against him. The board had never even acknowledged investigating Harnetty, and the public learned of its investigation only because it was part of a pre-trial hearing in Wyoming about whether the evidence could be heard at trial.

It isn’t known if the Georgia board had received any other complaints about his actions here, and the board won’t comment on individual doctor cases.   That article is here: http://investigations.blog.ajc.com/2018/01/04/mysterious-departure-of-georgia-doctor-explained-in-wyoming-courtroom/

His trial is scheduled to start Jan. 22.


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Hey all you people on the male dominated medical boards and in the offices of DA's and judges!  You ever heard of #MeToo.

You are part of the problem.  

I am truly beginning to wonder if medical boards do anything that actually protects the public.  You are a public board made to protect the public not only from charletons practicing medicine, but also from doctors who abuse their positions.  You have a duty to oversee these cases and to act.   

I get that we don't yet know how to deal with sexual harassment and sexual abuse claims when there are no witnesses.  But, the problem is real - the problem of men in positions of power and authority using their positions to take or coerce sexual acts from children, youth, and less powerful men and women.  What is it going to hurt to add to the number of women who make a claim against this doctor?  That is why we have juries - so that they can assess who is telling the truth and who isn't.  

And guess what - we are learning that sexual abuse really is everywhere.  It is in sheriffs offices, among police officers, among attorney's, in law offices, in court systems, among doctors, among CEO's and high level business men, among our politicians.  

Enough!  This is another example of trying to ignore the social climate that lets this kind of sexual abuse go on and on.  

This is another example of the problem of hiding and denying sexual abuse is occurring in places where the public is supposed to be protected.