83 Indiana ladies say their OB-GYN sexually abused them throughout 'lingering and sensual' exams, together with by taking secret images: lawsuit

  • A gaggle of 83 sufferers are suing their former OB-GYN alleging medical malpractice.
  • The ladies allege Dr. William David Moore carried out inappropriate and pointless exams and photographed their breasts and genitals.
  • Moore’s medical license was suspended earlier this yr following an investigation from Indiana authorities.

A gaggle of 83 ladies and counting are suing an Indiana obstetrician-gynecologist, alleging that Dr. William David Moore bought away for many years with performing “lingering and sensual” examinations that have been clinically pointless. 

The ladies — who vary in age from 15 to 73 years outdated — additionally allege that Moore typically didn’t put on gloves throughout such examinations, and photographed their breasts or genitals below the guise of medical and gynecological care.

A lot of the ladies included within the medical malpractice lawsuit felt uncomfortable with Moore’s procedures, however assumed they have been both medically essential or a part of normal gynecological care, their legal professional, Stephanie Cassman, informed Insider.

Solely after the Indiana Legal professional Common’s Workplace started investigating Moore — leading to his license being suspended in January at an emergency listening to — did most of the ladies understand their former physician had handled them inappropriately and violated their belief, Cassman stated.

“Many of those ladies are simply now seeing a brand new supplier after his follow closed, and are studying that issues they’d been informed by him, corresponding to, ‘You have got cancerous cells in your cervix,’ that they simply accepted, weren’t true,” Cassman stated. “You may think about their horror to listen to that.”

Neither Moore nor an legal professional representing Moore responded to Insider’s requests for remark. Marion Common Hospital, the place Moore sometimes noticed sufferers, informed Insider in a press release it can not focus on particulars of the allegations attributable to affected person confidentiality and privateness legal guidelines. The hospital referred to Moore as “a doctor who previously held medical employees privileges.”

“Marion Well being is at the moment reviewing the allegations of malpractice made within the criticism. It’s our mission to offer prime quality and compassionate care to our sufferers,” the assertion stated.

Allegations in opposition to Moore first caught the general public’s consideration after the legal professional normal’s workplace filed a petition for Moore’s suspension, citing complaints to the Indiana State Police by a number of former sufferers, and an interview with a nurse who labored with Moore.


Dr. William David Moore’s medical license has been suspended.


Moore touched and examined his sufferers in a ‘sexual’ method, and took pictures with out affected person consent, court docket paperwork allege

In keeping with the legal professional normal’s court docket submitting from January 13, one affected person alleged that Moore as soon as rubbed her genitals “in a fashion that she felt was sexual” and introduced, after inserting a speculum, that he would take pictures. The affected person stated she assumed Moore would use a tool to take inside photographs, however then heard the distinctive shutter sound of an iPhone or iPad.

One other affected person did not understand Moore had taken pictures of her vulva till detectives confirmed them to her, the court docket paperwork stated. A 3rd stated Moore referred to as her “so pure” when she informed him she was a virgin, and advised manually breaking her hymen “as a result of it is onerous for me to see.”

A fourth affected person informed investigators Moore would carry out breast and pelvic examinations that have been “very sluggish and lingered,” and infrequently triggered ache, together with pinching her nipples and inserting fingers into her vagina and anus.

The court docket paperwork additionally cited a nurse who sought to report Moore to the hospital, after she was informed by fellow nurses they needed to cowl Moore’s lap as a result of he “typically had erections” throughout vaginal deliveries.

In a January assertion to the native Fox affiliate WXIN, Moore’s legal professional denied all of the allegations contained throughout the legal professional normal’s court docket submitting, and stated affected person confidentiality legal guidelines prevented Moore from commenting any additional on the allegations.

“Dr. David Moore was a working towards obstetrician/gynecologist for greater than 40 years earlier than retiring at age 76 in December, 2022. His medical license was by no means subjected to any disciplinary motion by any state licensing company throughout his lengthy profession,” the assertion stated. “He cares about his sufferers and labored very onerous to offer them with wonderful care.”

The lawsuit says a few of Moore’s sufferers have been handled by him way back to the late 90s, and others have been handled by him as just lately as 2022.

Because the information of the lawsuit and the legal professional normal’s investigation has unfold, extra of Moore’s former sufferers have reached out to Cassman’s agency with the identical allegations, she stated.

“They’re humiliated. They really feel used and abused. Many have a worry of physicians now, and getting the kind of examinations which are wanted for ladies’s well being,” Cassman stated.