Doctor Accused Of Harassing Worker At Canton-Potsdam HospitalPosted: Updated:
A doctor at Canton-Potsdam Hospital is accused of harassing a female health care worker. The doctor denies it ever happened.
The alleged victim says it happened at the hospital on March 21 at a workstation outside an operating room. She says after working an operating procedure with Dr. Melchiore Buscemi, he harassed her, with physical contact.
Her statement to police says she was standing, holding a patient chart to be reviewed and signed by the doctor, when he approached her from behind.
"Dr. Buscemi dry humped me at the desk," the statement reads. “He put both hands, one on each of my shoulders and thrust the front of his pelvis into my buttocks several (5-7) times. He said something to me, like, 'This is nice,' as he was thrusting against me.”
According to the statement, the alleged victim said no one else was present in the area.
She also claims the doctor had made a comment about her buttocks earlier that day during a procedure in the operating room.
Buscemi is charged with second-degree harassment, which under New York state law, is a violation, not a misdemeanor or felony.
Through his lawyer, the 64 year old physician on Thursday denied the charge emphatically.
“Dr. Buscemi completely denies the allegations against him. He fully intends to vigorously defend against this charge and is confident it will be dismissed,” said Scott Goldie, lawyer for Buscemi.
A Canton-Potsdam Hospital spokesperson said the hospital would have no comment at this time.
The alleged victim told police she reported the incident to several supervisors. Four days later, she told her union representative, who told her to go to Potsdam police.
Police served Buscemi with the violation notice in early April.
Buscemi has not yet had the chance to answer these charges formally in court. That is scheduled to happen on June 5 in Potsdam Town Court, where he will be arraigned.