Board suspends license of Fort Wayne doctor accused of battery, sexual misconduct

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Press Release): The Indiana Medical Licensing Board approved an emergency suspension for Dr. John C. Mathew after agreeing with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s request. The board is immediately suspending the physician’s license to practice medicine in the State of Indiana due to allegations of committing battery, rape, and sexual misconduct.

The AG’s office filed an emergency petition yesterday with the Licensing Board to suspend John Mathew’s medical license after the Huntington Circuit Court found probable cause for committing two counts of battery, one count of rape and one count of sexual battery.

In 2014, according to the Attorney General’s petition, Mathew allegedly committed battery on two separate occasions. Additionally, in 2015 and 2016, he allegedly committed rape and inappropriately touched a victim.

The AG’s investigation into these allegations is ongoing.

Mathew’s license to work as a physician in the State of Indiana is suspended for at least 90 days while the criminal case is pending in Huntington County and until the AG’s office completes its investigation into these allegations and files a formal licensing complaint. Once a formal complaint is filed, the Board would determine any further disciplinary action, such as further license suspension, revocation or fines.

“The charges pending against this license holder for allegedly victimizing an individual under his care demonstrate a risk to public safety that warrants review by the Medical Licensing Board,” AG Greg Zoeller said. “We brought these serious claims to the Board and we appreciate their quick action to suspend Dr. Mathew’s license while the criminal case continues and our office completes its investigation.”

Zoeller thanked Deputy Attorney General Amelia Hilliker for her work on this case.

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