Published on December 4th, 2014 | by The Kitsap Scene


Bremerton doctor suspended for allegedly groping patients

Darren M. Chotiner

Darren M. Chotiner

A Bremerton physician’s license was revoked based on charges he sexually abused patients, the Department of Health announced in a press release Wednesday.

Darren M. Chotiner’s license was suspended by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission, according to the release.

Charges state that Chotiner abused two patients during September, October and November 2014, the press release states. He allegedly massaged the patients with ungloved hands for long periods of time while pressing his body against them, the release states. He’s also accused of touching a patient’s genitals during one of the incidents.

Chotiner cannot practice medicine in Washington until the charges are resolved, according to the release. He has 20 days to respond and request a hearing.

According to a statement of charges, Chotiner worked at Peninsula Community Health Clinic as a general practicioner physician at the time the alleged incidents took place.

A woman reportedly came to the clinic on Nov. 13 reporting back pain shooting down her leg to her feet and loss of bladder control during a fall the day before. Chotiner allegedly removed her shirt and pants without offering a gown or drape, charging documents state. He reportedly rubbed her inner thighs, and massaged her genitals.

Chotiner “stated that he did not want to lose his license, so they would call it therapeutic massage,” charging documents state.

The same patient reported that during an earlier visit to the clinic, on Oct. 20, Chotiner allegedly “guided the patient to stand in front of him, with her back pressed against … (his) belly and pelvis,” eventually massaging the back of the patient’s neck down to her hips. The patient at one point felt Chotiner’s erection, according to charging documents.

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