DESOTO CO., Miss. - A Mid-South OB-GYN accused of sexually assaulting his patients was indicted by a grand jury in DeSoto County.
Gregory Norwood turned himself in to authorities on March 14 and is facing 12 counts of sexual battery.
The Mississippi state medical board suspended Norwood’s medical license back in October.
The former doctor’s indictment comes after weeks of investigations and former patients coming forward.
Norwood practiced in north Mississippi for nearly 15 years.
The DeSoto County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that a grand jury indicted Norwood. And FOX13 obtained the indictment on Wednesday.
The indictment lists details of all 12 counts Norwood is being charged with. If convicted of each count, he could face a maximum of 480 years in prison.
In each sexual battery count, Norwood is accused of "placing his finger in the vagina" of his patients, according to the indictment.
Below is the summary of each of the 12 counts listed in the indictment. To protect the identity of the alleged victims, we are not including their names:
- Count 1 – July 12, 2016; sexual battery
- Count 2 – Between July 24 and September 29, 2018; sexual battery
- Count 3 – Between November 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017; sexual battery
- Count 4 – May 30, 2018; sexual battery
- Count 5 – February 27, 2017; sexual battery
- Count 6 – November 21, 2017; sexual battery
- Count 7 – Between January 1 and January 31, 2018; sexual battery
- Count 8 – Between March 1 and March 31, 2017; sexual battery
- Count 9 – January 1, 2016 and April 30, 2018; sexual battery
- Count 10 – February 1 and February 28, 2017; sexual battery
- Count 11 – September 12, 2018; sexual battery
- Count 12 – Between March 1 and May 31, 2018; sexual battery
Norwood once worked as a doctor at Baptist DeSoto Hospital.
According to an affidavit from the state medical board, at least seven women accused the doctor of inappropriately touching them on several occasions.
FOX13 previously spoke with an attorney representing 15 women who claim Norwood sexually assaulted them about the indictment.
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"The more of the shocking part to us is the behavior is pretty similar,” Attorney Murray Wells said. “There were multiple reports made to the board and the Baptist group hopefully some of those instances come out in the criminal trial.”
Wells said the list of victims sexually assaulted by Norwood is expected to grow.
“The problem with this case is a lot of his patients don’t even know they were sexually assaulted,” said Wells.
"They trust the professional to do what he needs to do. When they walk away and say that didn't seem quite right, they don’t have much to compare it to," said Wells.
Norwood will be in court April 12.
FOX13 discovered from the Tennessee Department of Health that Norwood is still licensed in Tennessee to practice medicine.
According to the health department, Norwood is a clinical assistant at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.
However, Norwood shows no record of ever practicing in Tennessee.
Baptist DeSoto officials issued the following statement regarding Norwood's indictment:
"Our hearts go out to all of these women. The safety and security of our patients is our No. 1 concern, and we thoroughly investigate every physician who practices in any of our facilities. We were never made aware of most of the concerns about Dr. Norwood and we took immediate action when we were notified. The Southaven Police Department investigated one complaint and could not find anything to support the allegation. When another complaint came to Baptist DeSoto regarding a patient who had been seen at his clinic, the hospital’s chief medical officer reported it to the state board of licensure, which conducted an investigation and suspended his license. It is our understanding that all these incidents occurred in his office, most of them after he left Baptist Medical Group and was in private practice. We don’t know of any incidents that occurred at Baptist DeSoto."
Background info on the allegations:
In the first allegation, a patient said she was sexually assaulted by Dr. Norwood during a physical exam.
The claim stemmed from an alleged incident in 2016.
A year later, the executive committee of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure took no action, but they did continue the investigation.
On November 5, the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure received the license order. It was accepted and approved by the board on November 29.
In December 2017, the board said it had to terminate the investigation “due to the fact the allegation could not be substantiated at the time.”
Months later in July 2018, a patient at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto filed a sexual assault complaint against the same doctor.
A second investigation began. This time the board found at least two other patients, bringing the total to four, who reported sexual assault allegations against Dr. Norwood.
His license was suspended for an indefinite period of time with no stay of the suspension.
After one year from the execution of the order, Norwood can petition the board for reinstatement of his license, but that does not guarantee it will be reinstated.
Norwood would be subject to comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment or evaluation for the purpose of determining his fitness to practice medicine with reasonable skill and safety to patients.
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