Tomah VA counselor arrested on suspicion of sex assault
Tomah, WI (WXOW) -
Police at the Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center are investigating allegations that a mental health counselor sexually assaulted patients in the hospital's psychiatric unit.
47-year-old Charles Davis was arrested Monday by the Tomah VA police and booked into jail. He was released on a signature bond Tuesday and is expected to be charged next week.
Davis is a peer support specialist.
In an email to employees, acting hospital director Victoria Brahm said a patient reported "inappropriate behavior" by an unnamed peer support specialist on Thursday, and he was removed from clinical duties.
The facility in west-central Wisconsin came under scrutiny last year following reports that physicians were prescribing more painkillers than most VA hospitals, and that employees who spoke out were subjected to intimidation.
Sen. Ron Johnson, who chairs the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has investigated the Tomah VA in the past over the treatment of patients and overuse of prescription medications.
In a statement, he said, “The allegations reported in the press are deeply disturbing. If they are true, and if patients at the Tomah VA suffered sexual assault, it would be an absolutely deplorable violation of the duty this nation and the VA owe to the finest among us, especially those seeking relief for physical and emotional wounds. Nearly one year after serious problems at the Tomah VA came to widespread attention, it is of utmost importance that the VA protect our veterans from wrongdoers. I will continue to hold VA officials accountable while also addressing the other problems that have engulfed the Tomah VA.”
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