A practicing Wayne physician was charged with sexually assaulting a patient Monday, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
Dr. Leonard Joachim, 61, of Sparta, a medical practitioner with an office at 401 Hamburg Turnpike, was arrested in connection with an incident that occurred during a visit with a female patient on Aug. 31. The alleged incident, according to the statement, occurred at Joachim's office. Bail has been set for $500,000.
According the Prosecutor’s Office, the investigation was done in cooperation with the Wayne Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit.
“The Office of the Attorney General will immediately seek an emergency suspension of Dr. Joachim’s medical license by the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners,” a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
In 2003, Joachim was charged with improper sexual contact with a female patient, but a grand jury declined to indict him. The state Board of Medical Examiners recommended his medical license be suspended for six months, but the suspension was overturned by a state Appellate Court. In August 2010, he entered into a consent order with the state Board of Medical Examiners, agreeing to a six-month probationary period, an intensive course and a full psychological evaluation, among other things, according to court documents.
The prosecutor’s office also asks that anyone with information about this investigation contact Investigator Kathleen Conklin of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs’ Enforcement Bureau at 973-504-6300.