United States Attorney Mike Stuart issued the following statement regarding recent allegations of sexual assault at the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC):
“My office has been made aware of the sexual assault allegations at the Beckley VAMC. My office takes these allegations very seriously and is working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure this matter is investigated thoroughly and quickly.
UPDATE: Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, (R) West Virginia, weighed in Tuesday on the ongoing investigation into numerous sexual assaults reported at the Beckley VA Medical Center, releasing the following statement:
“Our veterans need to feel safe and cared for at our VA hospitals. No one should live in fear of being attacked or feel as though they are unsafe—especially in this way and in a place like one of our VA facilities. I am horrified and disgusted by the news coming out of the Beckley VA. This should have never happened in the first place, and I am committed to making sure this is fully investigated.”
UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Beckley VA has confirmed the matter has already been referred to the Office of Inspector General for review.
The spokesperson also provided a link to the Inspector General’s website whereby veterans may file a complaint:
UPDATE: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, (D) West Virginia, has issued the following statement in response to claims of sexual assault by a doctor inside the Beckley VA.
“These disturbing claims need to be fully investigated immediately. I will ensure that this situation is looked into as soon as possible.”
BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) The Beckley VA responded on Monday to a claim of an ongoing investigation into the sexual assault of more than a dozen patients at the hospital in Beckley.
The patient, who wishes to remain unnamed, told WVVA News he was among the more than dozen patients sexually assaulted by a physician at the hospital.
The Beckley VA did not deny the allegations when asked about the claim on Friday, issuing the following response:
“The VA condemns such behavior in the strongest possible terms and will not tolerate it.”
When asked whether the physician was still employed at the VA hospital on Monday, the spokesperson responded:
“I can also confirm the individual is no longer employed by the VA.”
The developments at the Beckley VA hospital come less than a week after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced it is investigating allegations of “potential wrongdoing” resulting in multiple patient deaths at a VA hospital in Clarksburg.
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