- Associated Press - Sunday, January 3, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former New Mexico prison doctor accused of sexual assaulting inmates during exams is the subject of another lawsuit, bringing the number of litigation cases against him to 15.

A Guadalupe County Correctional Facility inmate who alleges Dr. Mark Walden fondled him filed a lawsuit in federal court last month, the Albuquerque Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1OD7uik). Nearly 80 inmates from two state prisons say Walden victimized them or failed to give adequate medical care.

The inmate in the latest case said he didn’t come forward sooner because he was embarrassed and was afraid of possible retaliation.

Walden’s attorney said in an answer filed in one of the civil cases that Walden denies sexually abusing inmates, and that his conduct was at no time unreasonable, cruel or harmful.

Albuquerque attorney Frances Carpenter filed two earlier lawsuits against Walden.

Seven cases against Walden, the national medical firm that hired him and a private prison operator have settled out of court. Carpenter said her clients’ settlements are confidential.

“I think these cases have created an awareness that this happens, and we’re hoping that other inmates who suffer sexual abuse aren’t afraid to come forward,” she said. “That’s the only way to ensure things like this don’t happen again.”

Walden’s medical license has been suspended by the New Mexico Medical Board. He filed for bankruptcy in 2014.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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