CLARKSBURG, WV (WBOY) – A doctor who worked at the Louis A. Johnson VA Hospital in Clarksburg, is facing federal sex charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Dr. Kenneth Ramdat, 65, of Silver Spring, Maryland, was indicted on two counts of “Abusive Sexual Contact” and two counts of “Simple Assault.” Ramdat is accused of touching two female staff members’ breasts without permission in two separate incidents in August 2019 and October 2019 at the hospital.
“Sexual harassment—under any circumstances and in any setting—is simply unacceptable. It has absolutely no place in our society and certainly has no place in the workplace. I’m disturbed by the allegations in today’s indictment brought against one of the Clarksburg VA’s physicians. If the charges announced today are proven, then the individual responsible should be held fully accountable for his criminal acts.”U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Ramdat faces up to two years of federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the sexual contact counts and faces up to six months of incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000 for the assault counts.
“The climate and culture of our VA Medical Centers starts at the top. If the allegations against Dr. Kenneth Ramdat are proven true, it is yet another sign that the Clarksburg VAMC leadership have abdicated their duty to the staff, the Veterans in their care, and all West Virginians as heinous behavior continues to occur under their watch. It is simply unacceptable that our Veterans and staff are not in a safe environment at the Clarksburg VAMC. How many more West Virginians and Veterans must endure this inexcusable treatment before action is taken to fix these systemic issues? As a pattern of negligence continues to emerge, action must be taken to right these wrongs. As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I will ensure these systemic problems at the Clarksburg VAMC are thoroughly investigated, and I hope that as this case progresses, the women affected by these alleged actions receive justice.”U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV)
The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, the FBI, the Veterans Affairs Police and the Clarksburg Police Department investigated the case.
Ramdat is listed on several websites as a “family medicine specialist.”