Five vets sue VA hospital over sexual assaults

Five vets sue VA hospital over sexual assaults
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The number of lawsuits accusing a former physician assistant at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Kansas of sexual abuse has grown to at least five.

Josh Hutchison, 38, who lives in the Kansas City area, said in a federal lawsuit filed this week that Mark Wisner conducted unnecessary and improper genital examinations at the Leavenworth VA Medical Center. The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted, but Hutchison said he wanted his name used because he believes it will help other soldiers.

“A lot of these guys don’t want to come forward because they feel embarrassed and emasculated,” Hutchison said Friday. “By somebody taking a lead and stepping forward, I feel like it will help a lot of other soldiers.”

The hospital, which is accused of failing to properly supervise Wisner, said in a written statement that it has barred Wisner from seeing patients and that it started investigating after learning of the allegations.

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