HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) The Huntington physician arrested in late May on allegations he raped a former employee had had his medical license pulled.
The Indiana Medical Licensing Board on Thursday approved an emergency suspension for Dr. John C. Mathew’s license. The Indiana Attorney General’s office requested the emergency pull Wednesday after after the Huntington Circuit Court found probable cause to charge Mathew.
Mathew, who practiced with the Huntington Medical Group, is accused of inappropriate behavior with an employee on multiple occasions starting in July of 2014, about eight months after the employee had started working for at the clinic. The attorney general’s office said in 2014, Mathew allegedly twice committed battery on two separate occasion, and, in 2015 and 2016, he allegedly committed rape and inappropriately touched a victim.
The investigation began on January 21, 2016, a day after one of the alleged incidents occurred, when an officer with the Huntington Police Department interviewed the alleged victim.
Through the course of the investigation, which involved interviews with multiple employees, it was noted several times that Dr. Mathew had a reputation as being “touchy, feely” and that some employees had also reported inappropriate behavior on the part of Mathew.
A doctor who had worked with Mathew from 2002 to 2013 was also interviewed and told investigators that she was aware of an alleged incident of inappropriate behavior between doctor Mathew and one of his employees. Another former employee also claimed Dr. Mathew had her perform the duties of a nurse, even though she had been hired as a secretary. That person also claimed Dr. Mathew billed anywhere between five and eight patients that he had not actually seen.
Mathew is scheduled to stand trial in Huntington County on March 31, court records show.
Mathew’s medical license is suspended for at least 90 days while the criminal case is pending in Huntington County. The Board will study later if any further disciplinary action, such as further license suspension, revocation or fines, is needed, the attorney general’s office said.
“The charges pending against this license holder for allegedly victimizing an individual under his care demonstrate a risk to public safety that warrant review by the Medical Licensing Board,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller. “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.”