NORFOLK, Va. — The medical license of a government contractor was revoked Friday after Army medical students testified about a series of bizarre, invasive and sexually tinged battlefield-trauma procedures he subjected them to.
The Virginia Board of Medicine acted after a daylong hearing involving accusations against Dr. John H. Hagmann, according to news media reports.
His license had been temporarily suspended in March, with the board citing a substantial danger to the public health or safety.
Army medical students testified that Hagmann subjected them to risky experiments and sexual exploitation. He also was accused of using hallucinogenic drugs and alcohol as part of his battlefield-medicine training courses.
The Washington Post reported that board members repeatedly expressed shock at the testimony, while praising students for their courage to challenge the military and medical-school hierarchy.
"I'm sort of speechless," said Kevin O'Connor, the Virginia medical board chairman.
Assistant Attorney General Frank Pedrotty said, "The evidence is so overwhelming and so bizarre as to almost shock the conscience of a prosecutor who's been doing this for 26 years before this board."
The allegations against Hagmann were first reported by Reuters.
Hagmann did not appear at Friday's hearing. His attorney, Ramon Rodriguez, said he had notified the board his client wouldn't be present.
"Despite having advanced knowledge of this fact and other concerns to reschedule the hearing, the Board of Medicine has decided to proceed in Dr. Hagmann's absence," Rodriguez wrote in an email to The Associated Press ahead of the meeting.
In a "statement of particulars" outlining the board's case, Hagmann photographed and manipulated a drunk student's genitals; told students to quickly consume alcohol and then injected them with a hallucinogen to test its effects on their cognitive skills; and encouraged students to practice inserting catheters into each other without proper training or need.
Hagmann told Reuters via email that he didn't violate any rules, nobody was harmed and that Virginia authorities have misapplied rules that pertain to patients, not trainees.