A Bremerton physician’s license was revoked based on charges he sexually abused patients, the Department of Health announced in a press release Wednesday.
Darren M. Chotiner’s license was suspended by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission, according to the release.
Charges state that Chotiner abused two patients during September, October and November 2014, the press release states. He allegedly massaged the patients with ungloved hands for long periods of time while pressing his body against them, the release states. He’s also accused of touching a patient’s genitals during one of the incidents.
Chotiner cannot practice medicine in Washington until the charges are resolved, according to the release. He has 20 days to respond and request a hearing.
According to a statement of charges, Chotiner worked at Peninsula Community Health Clinic as a general practicioner physician at the time the alleged incidents took place.
A woman reportedly came to the clinic on Nov. 13 reporting back pain shooting down her leg to her feet and loss of bladder control during a fall the day before. Chotiner allegedly removed her shirt and pants without offering a gown or drape, charging documents