Former Jackson Doctor Arrested in New Orleans on Sex Abuse Charges
A former doctor from Jackman has been arrested in New Orleans on a charge of gross sexual assault. 64-year-old Gerald Keenan is accused of sexually abusing a young patient over a period of three years, between 1998 and 2001.
Keenan, who is currently the director of the University of Holly Cross physician assistant program, appeared in Orleans Parish Magistrate Court on February 1 and agreed to be extradited to Somerset County, Maine to face these charges.
According to an affidavit from a detective with the Maine State Police, the assaults happened at both Keenan’s home and the boy’s home. The abuse began when the boy was 10 years old and continued until he was 13. The boy was a patient of Keenan’s at the Jackman Health Center and the two apparently visited each other at their homes, including overnight stays.
According to the affidavit, Keenan contacted the alleged victim over Facebook in March 2017 and apologized for abusing him. The now-adult victim then set up a FaceTime video call with Keenan, which he recorded and provided to the Maine State Police, along with copies of the Facebook message exchange.
Keenan is expected to appear in court in Somerset County on Wednesday, February 6.
Legal Options for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Doctors
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil cases, helping them recover the financial compensation they deserve for the trauma they’ve suffered. Here is some insight from Brian on the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals:
The relationship between a doctor and their patients is entirely built on trust. Most doctors and healthcare professionals have earned their positions of trust, but unfortunately, there have also been reports of doctors violating this trust and sexually abusing their patients in all 50 states. These heinous crimes traumatize victims and those close to them, along with damaging the trust between the medical community and the community at large.
The victims of these crimes deserve justice and financial support. In many cases, the doctors who commit these crimes and/or the healthcare facilities which employ them can be held liable for damages in a lawsuit. Sexual abuse often provides grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor, while the healthcare facility can also be held liable if their negligence allowed the abuse to occur – such as failing to respond to previous allegations of sexual misconduct involving the doctor.
Have you or a loved one been sexually assaulted by a doctor or another healthcare professional? We understand what you’re going through and we want to help you get the support you deserve. You can learn more about your legal options by speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys in a free consultation.