Doctor Charged for Forcibly Touching Female Patient

Modified: August 26, 2020 12:04pm

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Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 66-year-old Mark Fisher of Kenmore has been arraigned before Buffalo City Court Judge Shannon M. Heneghan on one count of Forcible Touching, a Class “A” misdemeanor.

It is alleged that on August 14, 2019, the defendant intentionally and forcibly touched the intimate parts of an adult female patient while he was working as a physician at the ECMC Outpatient Behavioral Health Center in Buffalo.

Fisher is scheduled to return on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. for a pre-trial conference. The Erie County District Attorney’s Office requested bail as the charge is a qualifying offense under New York State criminal justice reform. Judge Heneghan released the defendant on his own recognizance.

DA Flynn commends Detective Nicole Wrazen of the Buffalo Police Department Special Victims Unit and Investigator Laura Starkey of the New York Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Stephen C. Earnhart of the DA’s Special Victims Bureau.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.