- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

TOMAH, Wis. (AP) - Police at the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center are investigating allegations that a mental health counselor sexually assaulted patients in the hospital’s psychiatric unit.

The 47-year-old man was arrested Monday by the Tomah VA police and booked into jail. The La Crosse Tribune reports he was released on a signature bond Tuesday and is expected to be charged next week.

The man is a peer support specialist.

In an email to employees, acting hospital director Victoria Brahm said a patient reported “inappropriate behavior” by an unnamed peer support specialist on Thursday, and he was removed from clinical duties.

The facility in west-central Wisconsin came under scrutiny last year following reports that physicians were prescribing more painkillers than most VA hospitals, and that employees who spoke out were subjected to intimidation.


Information from: La Crosse Tribune, https://www.lacrossetribune.com

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