Emergency Doc Arrested After Sexual Assault Allegations

Emergency Doc Arrested After Sexual Assault Allegations

July 20, 2022 0 By Jennifer Walker

An emergency medicine physician in Washington state was arrested last week after an investigation into sexual assault allegations, according to news reports.

Josiah Hill, MD, age 39, was charged with one count of second-degree rape of a vulnerable victim and three counts of indecent liberties taken by a healthcare professional, the Peninsula Daily News reported.

Hill turned himself in to police last week and was originally being held in the Clallam County Jail on $1 million bail, which was subsequently reduced to $200,000 by a judge who also ordered that Hill surrender his passport, be on electronic home monitoring, and not practice medicine.

The investigation began in April after a woman reported to the Port Angeles Police Department that she was sexually assaulted by a doctor while being treated in the emergency department (ED) at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Washington, according to KIRO 7, a local TV news station.

After that report, three other women came forward with similar stories, and all four women identified Hill as their attacker.

The women reported that Hill made inappropriate comments before touching their breasts, according to court documents cited by the Peninsula Daily News. In another report, a woman said she was taken to the hospital by police and when she woke up, she was being sexually assaulted by a male doctor.

One woman allegedly sexually assaulted by Hill reported that he had asked her on a date even after she made comments about his wedding ring. The victim recalled Hill “making various comments on how much he loves breast implants and how he had gone to school for them,” Detective Erik Smith wrote in the probable cause statement, as reported by the Peninsula Daily News.

Documents also noted that investigators obtained video surveillance footage of the ED that corroborated victims’ description of events.

The charges in the arrest warrant pertain to three victims who experienced assault this year, and the investigation continues into the fourth victim’s report, which occurred in 2021.

Hill has worked at Olympic Medical Center since July 2020, via an employment contract with Peninsula Emergency Services, but has been unemployed since the investigation began in April, according to reports.

Hill still has an active medical license in Washington state, which also lists no enforcement actions against him. He graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 2017, according to DocInfo.org, but his Florida medical license expired a year ago.

Olympic Medical Center had not returned a request for comment from MedPage Today as of press time.

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