Lawsuit Accuses Former SMC Doctor Of Having Sex With Patients

Lawsuit Accuses Former SMC Doctor Of Having Sex With Patients

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A lawsuit accuses a former doctor at Watertown's Samaritan Medical Center of having sex with female patients.

The suit, filed in state Supreme Court, names Dr. John Jepma and SMC as defendants.

According to the lawsuit, Dr. Jepma "initiated a sexual relationship with the plaintiff, which included intercourse with her during unchaperoned office visits that occurred at the Samaritan Family Health Center" in Clayton.

Documents said the plaintiff, known only as H.V., and Jepma were in a sexual relationship from 2013 through 2016.

The suit also says: "During the period of time that Jepma maintained a sexual relationship with the plaintiff, he also maintained a sexual relationship with other female patients."

The lawsuit alleges Samaritan knew or should have known about Jepma's sexual relationship with patients, including the plaintiff.

According to, Jepma specializes in family medicine. 7 News was unable to reach Jepma for comment.

SMC released the following statement Thursday:

"Samaritan became aware of an allegation against Dr. John W. Jepma in February, 2018.  At that time, Dr. Jepma was suspended pending an internal investigation.  During our investigation, Dr. Jepma tendered his resignation and Samaritan reported the situation to the appropriate regulatory agencies as required by law.

"At this time, Samaritan has retained legal counsel from Mackenzie Hughes LLP in Syracuse, NY.

"Samaritan Health staff and providers are caring and dedicated professionals that remain committed to quality, compassionate, safe, and exceptional care for all patients.

"As this is an employment-related and legal issue, we cannot comment further."

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