- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona National Guard ignored advice from a master sergeant when it hired a suspended doctor who later lost his license over previous misconduct with students.

The Virginia Board of Medicine pulled Dr. John Hagmann’s license in late May after former students testified Hagmann got them drunk, drugged them and performed penile and rectal exams, the Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1fMwiLo).

Arizona National Guard officials say the investigation was not public when Hagmann was hired and that the training in late April near Flagstaff resulted in no complaints.

Master Sgt. Rich Davila-Bojorquez said in an email to the guard’s surgeon general before Hagman was hired that the doctor’s company, Deployment Medicine International, wasn’t accredited by certain key medical institutions and that a training involving a live pig had not been approved by the U.S. Army Medical Department.

“I do not think it wise to circulate this training opportunity. … And I will not endorse it,” the email said.

Spokesman Lt. Col. Gabriel Johnson said the guard’s surgeon general allowed the course. He said it cost less than $25,000 for the Army Guard’s 91st Civil Support Team to hire Hagmann and his company.

Johnson said the Arizona Guard “determined some improvements in internal communication could be made to ensure senior leaders are informed about training of this nature.”

Hagmann and his company have been awarded $10 million in federal contracts over the past seven years.

Reuters previously reported that some commanders had banned Hagmann from their own trainings as early as 2005.

Hagmann could not be reached for comment.

Attorney Ramon Rodriguez III said the Virginia hearing wasn’t postponed so the doctor or his lawyer could attend, calling it a violation of Hagmann’s due process rights.

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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com

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