West Virginia physician accused of sexual assault faces more charges — 4 insights

Three more sexual assault suits were filed against former Charleston, W.Va., gastroenterologist Steven Matulis of Charleston (W.Va.) Gastroenterology Associates, the West Virginia Record reports.

Here's what you should know:

1. Dr. Matulis has 15 lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault pending in court. Dr. Matulis would allegedly perform vaginal exams without a patient's consent while they were under anesthesia for other procedures.

2. Dr. Matulis, Charleston Gastroenterology Associates, Charleston-based Day Surgery Center and DS Holdings were named as defendants in all three suits.

3. The three victims claimed they underwent procedures at Day Surgery Center when Dr. Matulis allegedly failed to obtain consent before inappropriately touching them.

4. Dr. Matulis switched his medical license to inactive in May 2016. Despite the claims against him, The West Virginia Board of Medicine allowed Dr. Matulis to retain his medical license.

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