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Pain clinic doctor arrested for rape and sexual imposition

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HUDSON, OH (WOIO) -

A Hudson pain doctor accused of sexually assaulting his female patients, was arrested Friday afternoon at his home.

At 12:10 p.m.,  Dr.James  Bressi, 59, of Hudson, was arrested by members of the Northeast Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Stow Police Department, Summit County Sheriff's Office and Hudson Police Department. He was arrested without incident and transported to the Summit County Jail pending his arraignment.

Bressi's arrest came after a year and a half long investigation conducted by detectives at the City of Stow Police Department.  

The Summit County Grand Jury indicted Bressi for 23 counts which include Rape, Gross Sexual Imposition, and Sexual Imposition. The charges stem from ten female victims who were patients at Summit Pain Specialist in Stow.

Authorities say there are still at least forty additional victims at this point who have contacted the Stow Police Department. The investigation continues as more victims are still coming forward.

Prior to the indictment, the Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties had received numerous anonymous callers who were patients of Dr. Bressi.

"We are appalled at the exploitation of these patients who put their trust in this doctor" said Dana Zedak, Director of the Rape Crisis Center, "we wish to encourage all survivors of sexual violence to reach out to us for support and healing. Our hotline is anonymous and open to survivors who wish to report the crime to law enforcement as well as those who choose not to."

"These women put their trust and faith in a medical professional to alleviate their pain," said Prosecutor Walsh. "Instead of finding relief from chronic pain, they were sexually assaulted. My office will work to ensure Dr. Bressi is held accountable for his actions."

An arraignment date for Bressi has not been set.

If you are in need of support please contact the Rape Crisis Center at 877-906-7273. 

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