A once respected emergency room physician is facing prison as part of a plea deal in which he admitted drugging and sexually assaulting female patients. Dr. David Newman now faces up to two years in prison; if the case went to trial and he was convicted, his sentence could have been up to seven years.

Dr. David Newman
In January

, a 22-year-old patient visited the hospital's ER for shoulder pain; during her visit, she claimed that after a nurse had given her morphine for pain, Newman gave her another dose even though she told him she was already given some. She said that she heard some noises and felt someone touch her breast and something on her face and mouth before Newman allegedly ejaculated on her.

The patient was very medicated as Newman wiped her off but she kept the hospital blanket and gown, which was later tested and reportedly tested positive for semen.

Soon after, a second patient came forward to say that Newman had molested her and, by late March, he was indicted for sexually assaulting four patients.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said, "I would like to thank these brave women for their strength in coming forward, and encourage any other additional potential victims to call our Sex Crimes Hotline at 212-335-9373."

The DNA on the patient matched Newman's. When detectives questioned him, Newman reportedly had this explanation for why semen was on her face: "I treated that woman in the ER for shoulder pain... I am embarrassed because I wacked off in the lounge, and it was possible that the ejaculate may have gone from my hands to the woman’s blanket... Semen may have also transferred from my hand to her face during the time I treated her."

In court today, Newman revealed that in addition to assaulting and ejaculating on the 22-year-old woman in January, he actually groped her during an earlier visit. He also said he abused three other women. From the Post:

“I administered an unnecessary dose of Propofol [to one victim], causing [her] to be unable to speak or respond, leaving her unconscious and masturbating next to her,” Newman told the judge.

“On three other occasions, I unnecessarily touched the patients during treatment,” Newman added. “These compulsions twisted my brain, and I am so deeply sorry to all of these victims.”

[Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael] Obus told Newman, “You’ve gotten yourself into a very bad position here.”

Newman, a prominent doctor who has given Ted Talks and written an op-ed for the NY Times about gun violence, is free on $50,000 bail. He will be sentenced next month.