GERMANTOWN — The investigation into a Germantown doctor whose license was suspended last month amid allegations he sexually abused at least one male teenage patient in exchange for drugs is now in the hands of the prosecutor’s office, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Noel J. Watson was suspended July 14 after the medical board issued a notice of summary suspension to the doctor, who has 40 years of experience, according to his practice’s website.
State records show starting in 2006 or 2007 until at least 2014 he was accused of administering morphine and other medications without “legitimate therapeutic purposes” to one of the male teenage patients.
Watson is accused of engaging in sexual acts with the same patient, while the teen was under the influence of narcotics.
State medical board documents said the narcotics caused the patient “to become addicted” and that Watson “forced him to engage in sexual acts in order to continue to obtain the narcotics.”
Germantown police opened a rape investigation in October into offenses that were said to have happened over a course of six years from 2008 to 2014.
The acts were said to have occurred at both the address of Watson’s practice and his home, according to property records and the police report.
Watson has not been criminally charged.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has not released its incident report on the case and the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office said the case “is an active on-going investigation,” a spokesman said.
Attempts to contact the managing agency of Watson’s practice went unanswered in July. Watson was not at the practice when News Center 7 worked to get comment from him and employees at the office did not comment.
According to state records, Watson was accused of hiring the same male teenage patient and another male teenage patient to perform work and odd jobs, such as yard work around Watson’s home and medical practice.
Watson also was accused of “sexual misconduct and/or administered drugs for other than legal and legitimate therapeutic purposes” involving the second teen, the notice of summary suspension read.
A former employee “reported to law enforcement that, in or around February 2021, she had been made aware of an allegation that you were administering morphine to adolescents and/or teenagers and engaging in sexual acts with them,” the state notice, which was mailed to Watson Thursday, read.
The sexual abuse allegations are the second set of medical laws Watson is accused of breaking this year.
In January, he was accused of inappropriately treating at least 10 patients since 2012.
“Since January 1, 2012, and thereafter, you inappropriately treated and/or failed to appropriately treat and/or failed to appropriately document your treatment of these patients,” the medical board wrote in a letter to Watson earlier this year.
According to the letter, Watson was accused of continuing to “prescribe controlled substances and ignored indicators that (the patient) was using illegal drugs and obtaining drugs prescribed to others” in at least one case.
He also was accused of continuing to prescribe controlled substances to several patients in violation of Ohio Revised Code, according to the letter.
Watson’s January citation remains pending with the state medical board and is currently scheduled for a hearing Jan. 31 through Feb. 4, 2022. He has 30 days to request a hearing on the latest allegations that led to Wednesday’s license suspension
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