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Sexual molestation at Leavenworth VA hospital alleged in lawsuits

VA hospital campus in Leavenworth, Kansas. Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
VA hospital campus in Leavenworth, Kansas. Dwight D. Eisenhower Veterans Affairs Medical Center. KANSAS CITY STAR

A patient at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Leavenworth alleges in a federal lawsuit that he was sexually molested by a former hospital worker.

The suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court is the third filed in recent weeks involving the former physician’s assistant, Mark E. Wisner.

Wisner, 64, of Horton, Kan., also is facing criminal prosecution in Leavenworth County District Court where he is charged with aggravated criminal sodomy and three counts of sexual battery, according to court records.

He was scheduled to go to trial on the criminal charges later this month, but trial was postponed and his next court appearance is May 27.

The latest civil lawsuit, filed by a Kansas City, Kan., man identified as John Doe A, alleges that in the spring of 2014, Wisner “conducted an improper and/or unnecessary examination” of John Doe’s genitalia.

The suit alleges that Wisner did not wear gloves during the examination and used his position to elicit unnecessary private information from John Doe.

Besides Wisner, the suit names the secretary of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. government as defendants.

Another suit filed Wednesday in federal court alleges that a veteran from Oklahoma also was the victim of sexually motivated conduct by Wisner.

It alleges that he subjected the man to “inappropriate sexual comments, inappropriate physical examinations and solicitations of sexual acts.”

A third federal suit was filed last month by a Parkville man who received a Purple Heart while in Iraq.

“Plaintiff suffered grievous injuries in the line of duty that resulted in the amputation of his leg and other injuries,” according to the suit.

He too accuses Wisner of conducting an improper and/or unnecessary examination of the man’s genitalia in October 2013.

Wisner also recommended a prostate examination for the man, even though he was younger than 30.

All of the suits allege that officials failed to properly supervise Wisner or adequately investigate his background before he was hired.

Last year, Wisner voluntarily gave up his license to practice as a physician’s assistant.

In a consent agreement with state officials, Wisner admitted to using his position at the hospital to commit sexual battery against patients, according to information contained in one of the suits.

He also admitted that he was an “impaired practitioner” and was not capable of caring for patients.

No attorney for Wisner is listed in the civil suits.

Deb Snider, his attorney in the criminal case, said Saturday she could not comment except to say he is innocent until proven guilty.

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