Newmarket doctor indicted in alleged sex assault on female patientBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
August 16. 2018 11:55PM
BRENTWOOD — A Newmarket doctor has been indicted on felony charges alleging he sexually assaulted a female patient at his medical office.
Dr. Hugh MacDonald, 57, of Newfields, was recently indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury on six counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of attempted aggravated felonious sexual assault. Each is a felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison and a $4,000 fine if convicted.
The indictments allege that the assaults occurred between Jan. 1 and April 12 and during the course of providing medical treatment to the patient, who is now 46 and was described by authorities as having a mental disorder.
MacDonald also faces two misdemeanor sexual assault charges accusing him of touching the woman through her clothing on May 11 — the same day he was arrested by Newmarket police.
MacDonald was arrested at his office at Great Bay Family Practice, a Newmarket medical facility affiliated with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover.
According to a police affidavit, MacDonald was secretly recorded talking about his alleged sexual encounters with the woman. He was arrested after police entered his office because they believed he was assaulting her again while they were listening in during her appointment.
MacDonald has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bail.
The Board of Registration in Medicine recently announced that MacDonald voluntarily surrendered his license to practice.