Dr. James Bressi, whose medical license was suspended last summer, faces a 27-count indictment
AKRON -- Opening arguments were getting underway Thursday in the sexual assault trial of Dr. James Bressi.
Bressi, whose medical license was suspended last summer, faces a 27-count indictment, which includes two counts of rape.
Earlier Thursday 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.
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.
Bressi has denied any wrongdoing and his lawyer, Michael Callahan, said he looks forward to proving his client is not guilty of the charges.
Bressi was arrested nearly a year ago. He's been free on a $1 million bond.
According to a State Medical report, Bressi was terminated in March of last year from his job at Summit Pain Specialists in Stow following complaints from female patients.
The prosecution says it has up to 60 potential witnesses to testify against Bressi.