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Sexual Assault Suits Filed Against Former Kansas VA Employee

At least 7 cases have been documented for assaults on veteran patients at the Leavenworth facility.


 

A former physician assistant at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VAMC, Mark E. Wisner, has been fired, stripped of his license, and faces multiple federal charges for sexual battery and sexual assault for conduct while he was employed at the facility. At least 7 cases were cited by the Board of Healing Arts of the State of Kansas in its Consent Order for Surrender.

A lawyer who represents plaintiffs in 2 of the federal lawsuits, told the Associated Press that he believed there could be dozens of victims and that more lawsuits are likely to be filed. A trial date has not been set.

The allegations against Wisner were first revealed in the Court Order for Surrender. Wisner’s license was revoked for “inappropriate sexual comments, examinations, and the solicitation of sexual acts.” According to the court order, Wisner “used his position as a Physician Assistant at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, Kansas to commit sexual battery crimes against patients.”

The allegations against Wisner date back to January 2014 when he was first charged with a sexual battery, a misdemeanor. “I am an impaired practitioner and not capable of patient care,” Wisner wrote to the Board of Healing Arts voluntarily surrendered his license in January 2015. “I will not nor find myself capable of any patient contact from the date of this letter.”

A hospital spokesperson told the Associated Press that the facility takes “very seriously the safety and well-being” of all its veteran patients.

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