2 sex charges dropped against doctor; other charges remain

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- UPDATE 9/13/18 4:30PM
Two charges have been dropped against a West Virginia doctor who faces multiple sexual abuse allegations.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Duke Bloom dismissed one count of sexual assault and another of sexual abuse against Dr. Steven Matulis of Charleston during a Wednesday afternoon hearing.

The gastroenterologist is accused of sexually assaulting and abusing patients while they were unconscious during procedures. His charges now are four counts of second-degree sexual assault and one of first-degree sexual abuse. He pleaded not guilty in June.

Bloom said the time span and lack of clear identity for the victim or victims in the counts that he dismissed did not enable Matulis to provide evidence to defend himself.

Matulis' trial is scheduled to start Oct. 1.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.
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9/13/2018 12:53:39 PM (GMT -4:00)

ORIGINAL STORY 6/7/18 10:00AM
A doctor indicted on sexual assault and abuse charges has pleaded not guilty in a West Virginia court.

News outlets report that Dr. Steven Matulis entered the plea Wednesday during his first appearance in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Putnam County prosecutor Mark Sorsaia said Matulis is charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Sorsaia was put in charge of the case after Kanawha prosecutor Chuck Miller recused his office in 2016.

The lawsuits say most of the patients accuse Matulis of sexually assaulting them while they were unconscious during procedures.

Matulis' attorney Ben Bailey said the gastroenterologist has practiced medicine for more than 30 years and performed more than 60,000 medical procedures "with virtually no complaints."

Matulis posted $50,000 bail. His trial was set for Oct. 1.

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