|U.S. Department Of Veterans
Office of Inspector General
South Central Field Office
4040 N. Central Expwy, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75204-3158
|Thursday, February 19, 2004|
|Austin Doctor Convicted of Assaulting VA Patients|
|John McDermott, Special Agent in
Charge, Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General (VA
OIG), announced today that in the 299th Judicial District Court of
Travis County, TX, Dr. Gregory S. Vagshenian was convicted of assaulting
three of his patients. Vagshenian was found guilty of nine counts of
simple assault and was acquitted of the greater charges of sexual
assault by a mental health services provider. Judge Jon Wisser announced
the guilty verdict and will sentence Vagshenian on March 22, 2004.
McDermott stated the conviction resulted from a joint investigation conducted by VA OIG Special Agents and Healthcare Inspectors; the VA Temple Police; and other State and Local Law Enforcement Officers. VA Psychiatrists also assisted in the investigation and noted Forensic Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Gutheil provided expert testimony at the trial.
From April 1993 to May 2001, Dr. Vagshenian was employed as a Psychiatrist at the VA Austin Outpatient Clinic, located in Austin. The victims testified Vagshenian performed unwanted sexual acts on them under the guise of a routine physical exam.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph S. Maida, IV, Austin, TX, prosecuted the case.