Doctor accused of sexual misconduct, abuse by patients
FARMINGTON — A civil lawsuit was filed against San Juan Regional Medical Center and Dr. Alan Emamdee by 12 of his former patients who accuse him of sexual abuses and assaults the suit claims were facilitated by the hospital and San Juan Health Partners.
The 34-page complaint was filed in First Judicial District of New Mexico on Oct. 4 by attorneys for McGinn, Carpenter, Montoya and Love, P.A., an Albuquerque-based law firm, and Titus and Murphy Law Firm of Farmington.
Detectives for the Farmington Police Department arrested Emamdee on July 20 on accusations of six counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree (by use of force or coercion) and five counts of criminal sexual contact.
A Farmington Police Department press release stated Emamdee was accused of sexually assaulting a 40-year-old female patient in his office between April and September 2016.
He was released on his own recognizance on July 27 per a court order and was required to wear a GPS monitor.
Emamdee and his wife, Dr. Nausika Prifti, are no longer employed by San Juan Health Partners.
The 12 plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit were former patients of Emamdee, who provided psychiatric services at the hospital's Behavioral Health Unit and the San Juan Health Partners Behavioral Health clinic.
They seek an unspecified amount of damages for items including physical and emotional injury and suffering and denial of safe medical care.
The complaint states that the hospital and San Juan Health Partners, a division of the hospital, knew or should have known that Dr. Emamdee was engaging in multiple acts of sexual abuse and sexual misconduct with patients over an unknown period of years, patients to whom he was supposed to provide psychiatric care.
Arlon Stoker, Emamdee's attorney on the criminal case, said Emamdee is not making any statements but is aware of the civil lawsuit and has not read the complaint.
Stoker is not representing Emamdee in the civil case.
The hospital declined to comment on the lawsuit, according to spokeswoman Laura Werbner. She stated it would be inappropriate for the hospital to comment on pending litigation.
The identities of the 12 plaintiffs are not disclosed in the complaint.
The complaint claims Emamdee exploited his trust with his patients by committing sexual misconduct and abuse and that he forced them into situations where alleged sexual abuse took place.
Some of the allegations in the complaint include withholding medical services and medications unless sexual acts were performed, forcing patients to recount their history of sexual abuse in graphic detail and adjusting the prescription medications in an "attempt to destabilize victims and increase their vulnerability to abuse."
The complaint includes individual accusations levied by each of the 12 plaintiffs.
One of the plaintiffs accused Emamdee of unwanted touching and a demand that she perform oral sex on him, the suit states.
Another plaintiff accused Dr. Emamdee of unzipping his pants and requiring the woman to touch his genitals, according to the complaint. Following the alleged incident, Emamdee is accused of denying the woman medical care by refusing her calls, withholding prescriptions and rescheduling her appointments.
In the complaint, the hospital is accused of not providing medical records to the plaintiffs in a timely fashion, and it states that records may have been altered, destroyed or lost.
San Juan Regional is also accused of contacting the alleged victims "in an attempt to convince them not to take legal action against Defendants and/or not to testify against Defendants," according to the complaint.
Steve Murphy of Titus and Murphy Law Firm said there is evidence that Emamdee is a sexual predator.
He also believes there are more victims out there that should not be afraid to come forward and said that they may contact the Farmington Police Department, the San Juan County District Attorney's Office or an attorney.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.