Repeat offender: veterinarian sentenced to 9 months in jail for forcibly touching woman

Dr. Sam Yancey sentenced

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A north country veterinarian will spend 9 months in jail for forcibly touching a young woman.

Dr. Sam Yancey, 68, of Croghan, was sentenced Thursday in Watertown City Court by Judge Anthony Neddo.

Yancey will be jailed Friday. He is ordered to pay $1,250 in fines and surcharges.

Yancey was found guilty by a jury on June 4, 2019, for a misdemeanor charge of forcibly touching.

He was arrested in March.

The incident happened in Watertown on October 27, 2018. The victim was 19 at the time. Yancey was accused of forcibly touching a sexual or intimate part of the victim.

The veterinarian also faces two counts of forcible touching in the Town of New Bremen, where he has a practice.

That incident allegedly involves the same woman.

Yancey has a history of similar charges. He was indicted in late 2006 after alleged incidents involving a 36-year-old woman.

He was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, attempted criminal sex act, attempted rape and forcible touching.

The case went to trial, where a jury found him guilty of three counts forcible touching. As a result, Yancey was sentenced to 30 days in jail and had to register as a sex offender. He was found not guilty of the other charges.

In 2009, the state Department of Education, which oversees veterinarians, put Yancey’s license on probation for two years. At the time, the state said Yancey had admitted to being convicted of forcible touching.

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