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Wisconsin Doctor Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Prisoner Patients

In March 2010, a former doctor employed at the Stanley Correctional Institution in Wisconsin pleaded no contest to seven misdemeanors related to abusing or mistreating prisoners at that facility. In exchange for entering into a plea agreement, prosecutors reduced the charges from six felony counts.

Dr. Brian J. Bohlmann, 47, received a sentence of seven months in jail for the misdemeanor charges, which were brought in Chippewa and Winnebago Counties. He also agreed to give up his medical license for three years; significantly, he will not have to register as a sex offender.

Male prisoners said Bohlmann touched them inappropriately and had them remove their clothes when that had nothing to do with their medical complaints. [See: PLN, May 2009, p.1].

Three prisoners had harsh words for Bohlmann at the doctor’s sentencing hearing. “If I had my way, you’d be charged and prosecuted with sexual assault like you should be, go to prison and register as a sexual offender and never practice medicine again,” said one of the doctor’s former patients.

The sentencing judge, however, said that although he was aware of the prisoners’ concerns, he felt it was significant that Bohlmann had given up eight years of his life to learn to become a doctor and treat patients, which he would not be able to do for three years under the plea agreement. “Beyond that, I’d be very surprised if someone would hire him as a physician again to give him the opportunity to do what he did to you gentlemen and others,” said Judge James Isaacson.

Although Bohlmann also pleaded no contest to a felony charge of second degree sexual assault by correctional staff, no conviction was entered and the charge will be dismissed following a three-year deferred prosecution agreement.

Prosecutors said the plea bargain was a necessary compromise. “While I’d like to do what they want me to in regards to this matter, I can’t risk what would happen if he was found not guilty,” stated Assistant Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell.

Additionally, Bohlmann was charged with identity theft, prescription fraud and bail jumping in Dane County, stemming from allegations that he wrote prescriptions for controlled substances that one of his friends obtained for his personal use. The prescriptions included Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.

Bohlmann’s medical license was suspended for three years on March 17, 2010. See: In the Matter of the Disciplinary Proceedings Against Brian J. Bohlmann, M.D., Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, Order No. 0000097.

Additional source: WQOW

Related legal case

In the Matter of the Disciplinary Proceedings Against Brian J. Bohlmann, M.D.


 

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