After guilty plea, medical officer fined, restricted
May 2, 2007
A U.S. military medical officer has pleaded guilty to dereliction of duty in connection with an examination of a female patient in Baghdad, officials said Tuesday.
Lt. Col. James M. McCormick, a physician assistant with Task Force 399th Combat Support Hospital at Camp Speicher, was sentenced to a reprimand, forfeiture of $6,766 pay per month for two months, and 45 days’ restriction.
It was unclear what the restriction would entail and whether McCormick would return to his medical duties after that time.
According to a military news release, McCormick pleaded guilty to two counts of willful dereliction of duty “for performing an examination on a female patient without having a chaperone present, and without wearing gloves.”
The incident took place Nov. 26, officials said. Task Force 399th CSH falls under the 3rd Medical Command.
The court-martial took place at Camp Victory.