Psych eval sought for ex-doctor accused of sex misconduct

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A psychological evaluation is being sought in a sexual misconduct lawsuit against a former West Virginia doctor convicted of sexual abuse.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the evaluation was requested by attorneys representing the patients of former Charleston gastroenterologist Steven Matulis.

Matulis was convicted of sexual abuse in October after being tried on allegations that he touched unconscious patients’ breasts and vaginas without their consent. He was sentenced to up to five years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender upon his release.

Attorney Ben Salango says in the motion that employees describe Matulis as infatuated with sex and power, calling into question his mental state. Matulis’ attorney, Isaac Forman, said Matulis’ mental health isn’t at issue and the referenced infatuation doesn’t relate to any recognized psychiatric diagnosis.

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