Dr. Darius A. Paduch, a urologist who practiced in New York City and Long Island, was recently indicted by a Manhattan federal court for sexually abusing patients, including at least two minors.
The indictment, handed down by a grand jury in April in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, charges Paduch with multiple counts of sexually abusing and sexually assaulting male patients, including minor male patients, at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he practiced from 2003 to 2019, and Northwell Health on Long Island, where he was employed from 2019 to 2023.
The charges include two counts of inducement to travel to engage in unlawful sexual activity, one count of inducement of a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity, and one count of enticing a minor to engage in an illegal sexual activity.
Levy Konigsberg is now reviewing claims from former patients of Dr. Paduch who were sexually abused by the urologist during his time at NY Presbyterian and Northwell Health. Learn more about Dr. Paduch sexual abuse lawsuits and how we can help.
About the Indictment
According to federal prosecutors, Dr. Paduch is accused of sexually abusing at least two male patients while employed at NY Presbyterian and Northwell Health. Both victims were repeatedly abused over a period of years beginning when they were minors and later as adults.
Two counts of the indictment relate to Dr. Paduch’s abuse of his patients under the guise that they were receiving appropriate medical care. In reality, prosecutors say, Dr. Paduch encouraged his patients to engage in acts that served no legitimate medical purpose, and which were solely for his sexual gratification. This included instructing patients to masturbate in from of him, playing pornography for patients, masturbating patients himself, conducting unnecessary rectal exams, and making inappropriate and sexualized comments, among other abusive acts.
The charges for inducement to travel to engage in unlawful sexual activity stem from Dr. Paduch’s persistence in having patients schedule follow-up appointments that would require them to travel across state lines. Paduch, the indictment notes, would also text victims, including minor victims that he knew traveled to his practice from another state, messages that were sexually inappropriate or which directed them to schedule follow-up appointments or visit his office.
Charges in the indictment concern abusive acts that date back to at least 2015, when Paduch was employed by NY Presbyterian, through his time at Northwell Health, where we worked from 2019 to 2023. However, given Paduch’s pattern of continued abuse and his work as a licensed urologist since 2003, authorities suspect that there are likely more victims.
Dr. Paduch Abuse Survivors Stepping Forward
The April indictment of Dr. Darius Paduch is not the first time the urologist has been accused of rampant sexual abuse – nor is it likely to be the last.
Earlier this year, several survivors filed suit against NY Presbyterian and Northwell Health claiming that they were abused by Paduch as patients or interns and that the institutions failed to protect them from the abuse. Both NY Presbyterian and Northwell Health have denied any knowledge of Dr. Paduch’s assaults against patients and have implied that they will not accept liability for his actions. However, the lawsuits seek documents and other evidence that may show these medical institutions were negligent in either hiring or supervising Dr. Paduch, or otherwise failed to protect the safety of patients.
The civil suits and the recent criminal charges levied against Paduch have also sparked a growing number of other survivors to step forward with stories of their own abuse and new claims against NY Presbyterian and Northwell Health for damages that include anxiety, depression, PTSD, sexual dysfunction, and other emotional injuries.
These claims against Paduch, whose abuse is suspected to date back decades, have been made possible by recent New York laws like the Child Victims Act, which extended the statute of limitations for individuals abused as minors, and the Adult Survivors Act, which created a one-year lookback window that remains open until November 24, 2023. The New York City Gender Motivated Violence Act may also allow for lawsuits against Dr. Paduch that may have occurred many years ago.
Sexually Abused by Dr. Paduch? Call Levy Konigsberg Now
Levy Konigsberg is a New York-based trial practice with a reputation for litigating sexual abuse claims.
We have spearheaded numerous newsworthy sexual abuse lawsuits against powerful defendants, including lawsuits against Rockefeller University Hospital and Dr. Reginal Archibald, who sexually abused his victims, who were mostly male, in a similar fashion as Dr. Paduch. Throughout our many years of practice experience, we have recovered more than $50 million for sexual abuse clients alone.
If you have questions about filing a lawsuit over abuse committed by Dr. Paduch, please call (800) 315-3806 to arrange a free and confidential case evaluation with Levy Konigsberg.