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    Arraignment Date Set for Army Physician Accused of 53 Charges of Sexual Abuse

    Arraignment Date Set for Army Physician Accused of 53 Charges of Sexual Abuse

    An physician accused of sexual misconduct with patients is expected to appear in military court in February at Base Lewis-McChord, , facing 53 charges of inappropriately looking at or touching at least 23 victims.

    Maj. Michael Stockin, 38, an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who has worked at several military treatment facilities, including Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington state, faces a general court-martial on 48 counts of abusive sexual contact and five counts of indecent viewing, according to court documents.

    Since November, the number of charges he faces has increased from 39, likely the result of the investigation.

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    The charge of abusive sexual contact, defined under the Uniform Code of Military Justice as “touching of the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks of any person,” is categorized as a sexual crime that falls under the Department of Defense's requirements for handling serious crimes against individuals.

    Indecent viewing is defined as wrongfully and knowingly viewing the private area of another person without their consent or under circumstances in which there is a “reasonable expectation of privacy,” according to the UCMJ.

    In late 2022, Congress passed a law that required the DoD to remove authority for prosecuting alleged perpetrators…

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