Sexual misconduct case against psychiatrist heads to trial
By Jolene Cleaver
September 14, 2018
Surendra Johri, 61, of New Hartford, appeared Friday morning in court. There, City Court Judge Christopher Giruzzi ruled, “The court has granted a motion for consolidation. There will be one trial on three dockets currently pending.”
Giruzzi set the trial to begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10.
Johri faces accusations of instances of sexual misconduct taking place on two dates in 2017, involving one victim.
Court documents detail two third-degree sexual abuse and two forcible touching charges for incidents taking place on Jan. 21 and April 15, 2017, at psychiatric patient sessions at Community Health and Behavioral Services in Utica.
The charges stem from allegations that Johri engaged in unwanted sexual contact with the victim’s private body areas.
In addition, he was charged with forcible touching and third-degree sex abuse of another patient — stemming from an alleged Nov. 25, 2017, incident during a patient session with an individual also at Community Health and Behavioral Services. He no longer is is an independent contractor at the health service center.
Prior to Friday’s ruling, all of the allegations were being handled separately.
Johri previously was found not guilty in a June City Court trial of third-degree sexual abuse, relating to another patient allegations.