Wayne Doctor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Patient

Bail was set for Dr. Leonard Joachim at $500,000 in an alleged incident at his Hamburg Turnpike office on Aug. 31.

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.

Evie Glodic October 18, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Since this isn't the doctors first offense I believe his medical license should be revoked for a much longer time for example at least 1 year, a heavy fine should be given to him & if it ever happens again his license should be permanently revoked! Evie Glodic a former resident of Pompton Lakes
JAWS November 21, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Ok fine, but whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty. I had the same incident with a woman, which she lied and I was still punished even after she lied about another guy and another incident. Later she was checked into a psychatric facility. So let's get our facts straight before we judge.... He's helped so many people....
unknown December 11, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I was a patient of his, and i hoestly believe he could never do such a thing. He is a great doctor that saved my life. I had a bump on my lower back and he made sure the nurse was in there when he looked at it. He is very careful not to do anything that could be considered uncomfortable. I believe he is innocent as well as a few of my family members and friends that have gone to him. It is a shame that somebody would make allogations like that to a fantastic doctor, one of the few that care and listen to his patients....


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