3 Additional Women Come Forward with Sex Abuse Allegations Against McGree
Prosecutors in Montana have brought additional felony charges against Dr. Patrick McGree, who was initially arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting three different patients in his office. These new charges were filed after prosecutors interviewed an additional three women who say that McGree sexually assaulted them in his office.
In late 2017, McGree was charged with two felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent, three felony counts of sexual servitude for allegedly using prescription pain pills for coercion, and two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault. McGree pleaded not guilty to these charges and has been free on bond. A jury trial is set for April 15.
In December 2018, prosecutors filed three more felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent following the interviews of three additional victims. McGree has not yet been arraigned on these additional counts, but his attorney has requested an arraignment for January 17.
Each sexual intercourse charge and attempted sexual intercourse charge carries a possible life sentence or up to 20 years in prison. Sexual servitude is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
According to prosecutors, McGree admitted to investigators that he had become attracted to patients and that he had felt breasts six to eight different times.
Justice for Victims of Doctor Sexual Assault
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com has a long history of helping sexual assault survivors find justice – first as a prosecutor and now as a civil attorney. We’ve asked him to share some insight regarding the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by doctors and other medical professionals:
We all trust our doctors to provide us with the best available medical care and conduct themselves in a professional manner. While most of our medical professionals have earned this trust, inappropriate conduct by these professionals is more common than many people may realize. Some doctors are sexual predators who abuse their trust and commit heinous acts of sexual violence against their patients. These doctors and anyone else who enables them must be held accountable for the trauma they’ve caused their victims.
In many cases of sexual abuse involving medical professionals, the victims may have grounds for a lawsuit. Both the abuser and their employer could potentially be held liable for the abuse. For example, a medical facility might be considered liable if their negligence allowed the abuse to occur – such as failing to report previous allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual abuse by a doctor or another medical professional, we understand the painful time your family is going through. If you’d like to learn more about your legal options for finding justice, consider contacting one of our experienced sex abuse survivors attorneys for a free consultation.
Location of Dr. Patrick McGree’s Former Offices in Butte, MT