Psychiatrist found guilty of sexually abusing two patients


A Utica psychiatrist accused of sexually abusing two of his patients was found guilty in Utica City Court on Thursday.

Dr. Surendra Johri, 61, was on trial this week on three counts each of third-degree sexual abuse and forcible touching, both misdemeanors, related to three incidents involving two separate female patients. Judge F. Christopher Giruzzi presided over the non-jury trial.

The judge reached a split decision on Thursday, finding Johri guilty of three of the charges against him, and not guilty of the other three, according to court officials.

Following four days of testimony, Giruzzi found Johri guilty of one count of third-degree sex abuse and one count of forcible touching related to an incident involving one of the patients on April 15, 2017, and then he found Johri guilty of one count of third-degree sexual abuse related to an incident involving the other patient on Nov. 11, 2017.

Johri was found not guilty of both charges related to a Jan. 21, 2017 incident involving the first patient, and also not guilty of a forcible touching charge related to the Nov. 11, 2017 incident.

Johri is scheduled for sentencing on April 11.

Authorities said all three incidents took place at Community Health and Behavioral Services in Utica, where Johri was contracted to work as a psychiatrist.


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