New Hartford Psychiatrist Surendra Johri, found guilty in sex abuse trial – sentencing April 11


February 7, 2019
By Joleen Ferris

Psychiatrist Surendra Johri

Psychiatrist Surendra Johri

UTICA, N.Y. — A judge reached a guilty verdict in the sex abuse trial of a New Hartford psychiatrist, accused of inappropriately touching and exposing himself to two patients.

Doctor Surendra Johri was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse and one count of forcible touching, and found not guilty of two counts of forcible touching and one count of sexual abuse, regarding both women.

It was a bit of a surprise Thursday in court for Dr. Surendra Johri after the defense on Wednesday, said he planned to call three witnesses. He called one Wednesday, so it was expected to see two more Thursday, but when court resumed, he said he had no more witnesses.

So attorneys made closing arguments, 18 minutes for the defense, and 41 for the prosecution.

The defense said that the victims, complainants, as he once called them, were not credible. He called one a train wreck, a drug addict, on four different medications. The prosecution said just because someone is mentally ill, doesn’t mean their testimony should be immediately discredited.

Johri is scheduled for sentencing on April 11.