Former UW doctor charged with sexually assaulting patient

Former UW doctor charged with sexually assaulting patient
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A former UW Health doctor faces sexual assault charges.

Michael Thom was charged Thursday in Madison with second-degree sexual assault by a health care employee and fourth-degree sexual assault, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.

According to investigators, Thom groped and kissed a female patient in 2016. He also allegedly texted her photos of his genitals.

Thom surrendered his medical license in 2017 amid the allegations. A state Department of Safety and Professional Services attorney told a member of the state Medical Examining Board to quickly accept Thom’s license surrender to avoid opening a public case against him, the State Journal reported.

Online court records didn’t list an attorney for Thom. His attorney in 2017, Patti Putney, told the State Journal then that Thom had a consensual relationship with the patient.

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