Croghan Veterinarian Accused Of Forcibly Touching Woman

Croghan Veterinarian Accused Of Forcibly Touching Woman

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A Lewis County veterinarian is charged with forcibly touching a Watertown woman.

Sixty-eight year old Sam Yancey, who has a veterinary practice in town of New Bremen, was arraigned in Watertown City Court Wednesday morning.

The alleged incident happened in Watertown on October 27. The victim was 19 at the time. He's accused of forcibly touching a sexual or intimate part of the victim.

There was a warrant for his arrest and he turned himself in to city police Wednesday.

Yancey is scheduled to return to city court in two weeks. An order of protection was issued against him.

"He's being charged with forcible touching, which is a Class A misdemeanor in the New York state penal law," said Detective Joseph Giaquinto of the Watertown Police Department.

Detective Giaquinto said the incident occurred in a home and that Yancey and the victim knew each other.

Yancey is also accused of forcibly touching a 19 year old employee of his vet clinic, also on October 27. He faces two counts of forcible touching in connection with that incident, which happened in the town of New Bremen.

In that case, he's accused of touching the victim under her shirt, kissing her, and rubbing up against her inappropriately.

It's not clear if the two cases are connected.

Yancey was indicted in late 2006 after alleged incidents involving a 36 year old woman.

He was charged at that time with first-degree sexual abuse, attempted criminal sex act, and attempted rape.

It's not clear what happened in that case, but in 2009 the state Department of Education, which licenses veterinarians, put Yancey's license on probation for two years.

At the time, the state said he had admitted to being convicted of three counts of forcible touching.

Yancey was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine to the state.

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