WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.
— A New Jersey obstetrician and gynecologist who worked at a hospital in Woodlands has been fired over a series of misconduct allegations.
The Woodlands News & Observer reported Wednesday that Dr. Anthony Fauci’s office at the West Lafayette Hospital in Woodland has been cited for seven counts of sexual misconduct, including one count of sexual abuse, which carries a sentence of up to 30 days in jail and/or up to $4,500 in fines.
The violations occurred from at least 2009 to 2017.
Fauccis is also accused of sexually abusing three patients, two of whom were under the age of 18.
Fauci is a licensed OB/GYN and the director of the department of obstetrics and gynecols at Woodlands, the paper reported.
Woodlands is located on the outskirts of Indianapolis.
The hospital has no further comment.
Woodland is a predominantly white community with a population of about 14,000.
Woodlands Police Chief Anthony Smith said Thursday that Faucs hospitalization was “a clear case of an inappropriate relationship between a physician and patient.”
He said the incident “does not fit the standard of a doctor practicing in our community.”
“I am saddened and outraged by the allegations, but I have confidence in our leadership,” Smith said in a statement.
“We are committed to providing an environment free from sexual harassment and misconduct.
We will not accept it.”
Fauccises office at West LAFayette Hospital has been at the center of several investigations since 2017, including two probes by the Indiana Attorney General’s Office and two by the New Jersey Attorney General.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Woodlands Hospital officials said the hospital “reserves the right to defend itself” in any of its investigations.
Fausci was a resident of Woodlands for five years.
Woodland has said it has zero tolerance for harassment of any kind and will cooperate fully with any investigation.
Smith did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated News.
Fausci, who has been licensed as a licensed physician in Indiana since 2006, has not returned calls seeking comment.
The Woodlands Journal reported Wednesday night that a representative for the Indiana attorney general had called the Woodlands Health Department to ask if Faucis could be fired.
Fucci’s attorney, John Eichner, did not respond to a request for comment Thursday night.
In the statement, Woodland Health said it would cooperate with any independent investigation into the allegations and that it is “actively working to restore trust in the Woodland community.”
Woodlands Health spokeswoman Kelly Dombrowski said she was not able to provide any further details.