By James T. Mulder
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A doctor accused of sexually abusing patients at a VA clinic in Watertown has been temporarily barred from practicing medicine in New York.
The state Board for Professional Medical Conduct ordered Dr. Jerome F. Cuyler, 74, of Sackets Harbor, to stop practicing until it completes an investigation of misconduct allegations against him.
Cuyler sexually abused seven adult male patients during “prolonged and inappropriate” prostate and genital examinations, according to court records.
He was charged April 5 with fourth-degree aggravated sexual abuse, a felony; six counts of forcible touching, a misdemeanor; and five counts of third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor.
Officials of the Syracuse VA Medical Center, which oversees the clinic, have said they immediately suspended Cuyler from clinical duties after learning of the allegations and subsequently fired him in 2016.
But Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has questioned the VA’s handing of the case. In a letter to the VA Gillibrand asked why Cuyler was allowed to continue working at the clinic for six weeks after he was accused of sexual abuse.
She gave the VA a deadline of April 27 to respond in writing to her questions about the case. The VA is still working on its response, according to Gillibrand’s office.
Gillibrand has said the VA Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Attorney’s Office asked the Syracuse VA to hold off on reporting Cuyler to the New York state medical licensing officials after he was fired.
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