An OBGYN from Mississippi accused of sexual misconduct and sleeping with his patients, two of whom he impregnated, says he did nothing wrong — and that one of the alleged victims is now actually his wife.
“If there had been a danger as alleged, the board would have acted long ago,” claimed Dr. Walter Wolfe in a court motion filed Thursday.
The 60-year-old gynecologist, who practices at Magnolia Woman’s Clinic in Canton, got his medical license suspended on Wednesday by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure following an internal investigation.
Wolfe is accused of sexual misconduct and unethical practices, including the alleged insertion of an abortion-inducing drug into one of the women he got pregnant.
The state board reportedly ruled “that the continued practice of medicine or unrestricted medicine” by Wolfe “would constitute an immediate danger to the public.”
The OBGYN had his attorneys file a motion against them for a temporary restraining order and injunctive relief on Thursday morning, claiming they were wrongly targeting him.
He claims that the alleged incident of sexual misconduct he’s accused of involved a woman who is now his wife. His lawyers claim that she was his fiancée at the time and had consented.
“What the board fails to disclose in this charge is that at the time…the patient was Dr. Wolfe’s fiancee and is presently his wife,” Wolfe’s motion said.
According to the criminal complaint, medical board members had been alerted to the Wolfe’s alleged behavior back in November by a healthcare practitioner in Jackson, who had grown concerned with the way he was acting around patients. The trusted physician, who is one of only two OB/GYNs in his area, was allegedly spotted kissing at least one woman — now his alleged wife — before an ultrasound.
In 2016, a lawsuit was filed against Wolfe by the ex-husband of one of his patients — saying he “encouraged her to enter into a sexual affair with him.”
According to board members, Wolfe “acknowledged and admitted to a relationship” with the woman.
“While pregnant and during sex with said patient, (Wolfe) attempted without the patient’s knowledge or consent to insert four Misoprostol (Cytotec) tablets into the patient’s vagina in an attempt to induce an abortion,” the board said in its suspension order. “However, the patient later gave birth to (Wolfe’s) child in 2016.”
In January, a former patient came forward and told the board that Wolfe had made inappropriate comments towards her following a vaginal examination. A fellow OB/GYN practitioner reportedly reviewed the allegations and deemed him unfit to practice medicine.
Wolfe was ultimately found guilty of “violating professional boundaries with patients, guilty of failing to maintain patient records of controlled substances prescribed, guilty of committing a physical assault on a patient with the unwanted insertion of medication into her vagina; and by virtue of said violations, guilty of unprofessional conduct, which includes being guilty of dishonorable or unethical conduct likely to deceive, defraud of harm the public and guilty of prescribing drugs that have addition-forming or addiction-sustaining liability other than in the course of legitimate professional practice.”
Wolfe will now appear before the state medical board to see whether he’ll have his license reinstated or revoked permanently. The hearing is scheduled for July 24.