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License suspension ordered for doctor accused of sexual assault

New Hampshire Union Leader

May 21. 2018 9:34PM
Dr. Hugh MacDonald appeared in court Friday on charges he sexually assaulted a female patient. (Jason Schreiber/Correspondent)

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Board of Medicine has issued an emergency license suspension order and scheduled a hearing later this week for a Newmarket doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient.

Dr. Hugh MacDonald, 57, of Newfields was arrested May 11 at his office at Great Bay Family Practice, a Newmarket medical facility. MacDonald is charged with eight counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault. All of the charges allege that he assaulted the woman while providing medical treatment or examination.

“The board has received information indicating that the continued practice of medicine by Dr. MacDonald poses an imminent threat to life, safety and/or health, which warrants the temporary suspension of Dr. MacDonald’s license to practice medicine pending a hearing on whether permanent and/or temporary disciplinary sanctions should be imposed,” the board wrote in its order.

The complete order can be viewed below:

MacDonald was in Rockingham County Superior Court where he waived his arraignment Friday and entered not guilty pleas. An affidavit was also filed outlining the allegations against him.

In the seven-page affidavit, Newmarket police Detective Scott Kukesh details his department’s investigation and an April 19 interview with the alleged victim, a 45-year-old woman who claims she was sexually assaulted on three different occasions.

According to the affidavit, the woman’s psychotherapist reported she suffers from multiple mental disorders and is “almost child-like.”

Kukesh wrote in the affidavit that on three separate occasions MacDonald had invited her to his office after hours and that the assaults allegedly occurred in March and April.

MacDonald is scheduled to appear before the Board of Medicine this week for a hearing to determine whether he engaged in professional misconduct according to the AMA’s code of ethics. The hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. on Friday at the board’s office in Concord.

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