Bressi found not guilty in 26 of 27 sex crimes counts

AKRON -- After deliberating for 30 hours over nearly four entire days, the jury in the case in Summit County Common Pleas Court says they have reached a verdict.

Just after 11:30 a.m. Friday, the jury returned with its verdict.

They found Dr. James Bressi not guilty on 26 of 27 counts. He was found guilty of one count of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor.

He will be sentenced at 1 p.m. Oct. 7.

Bressi, 60, of Hudson, faces a sentence of up to 60 days in jail. He will also be required to register as a Tier I Sexual Offender every year for the next 15 years.

He had been charged with one count of rape (for which he was found not guilty) and multiple counts of gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition.

"I am so disappointed in the jury and our legal system," said alleged victim Kim Given, after the sentencing. "Not only was I violated by him physically and mentally through this whole ordeal, then referred to as a piece of dog poop by his attorney, it's sickening to me what this system has come to."

Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Sherri Bevan Walsh said Bressi was found not guilty of sexually assaulting 10 female patients he was treating at Summit Pain Specialists in Stow.

Walsh said, "Based on the evidence presented in court, we are shocked at the verdict in this case. Our concern right now is for the numerous victims who came forward, and we commend them for their courage in doing so. We will continue to aggressively prosecute individuals who commit sexual assaults in this community, regardless of their profession or status in society."

Bressi was an osteopathic doctor who specialized in pain management at Summit Pain Specialists in Stow. Over 100 women came forward describing inappropriate sexual conduct by Bressi during pain management treatments from 2010-2013.

Eleven victims testified against him at his trial. During treatments, Bressi was accused of rubbing his genitalia on the victims or touching them inappropriately. Two women claimed digital penetration.

Opening arguments got underway Aug. 14 in the sexual assault trial of Dr. James Bressi.

Bressi, whose medical license was suspended last summer, faced a 27-count indictment.

Jurors visited Bressi's medical offices. The state opened saying "This case is about pain, trust, shock and fear."

Bressi's attorney told jurors Bressi was eager to take the stand and tell his story, insisting the case is not as cut and dry and the state would have them believe.

ORIGINAL STORY : Female patients complained of being victimized

A number of patients complained to both the Investigator Tom Meyer and to Stow Police that Bressi became aroused and touched them inappropriately without their consent during their medical appointments.


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