Community Health and Behavioral Services in Utica, where Dr. Johri is accused of sexual assault.
Second Sexual Abuse Trial of Dr. Surendra Johri Postponed
The second sexual abuse trial of New Hartford psychiatrist Dr. Surendra Johri has been adjourned until February 4, 2019. The trial was originally set to begin in Utica City Court on Monday, December 10.
The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to change the date of the alleged incident of sexual abuse, saying that investigators made a mistake. According to court documents, the alleged incident took place on November 25, 2017. However, prosecutors say that the alleged assault occurred on November 11, 2017.
Defense attorney Christopher Pelli filed a motion to dismiss the charges against one of the patients because of this apparent date mix-up. The prosecution has until December 17 to respond to the motion to dismiss charges.
Dr. Johri was acquitted in June in another sexual abuse case. In this current case, he is accused of touching a female patient inappropriately in 2017 while he was working as a psychiatrist at Community Health Behavioral Services in Utica.
There is also another separate case in which Johri faces the same charges of sexual abuse and forcible touching against another patient.