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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:45 pm

OLEAN — The New York State Department of Health is reportedly investigating allegations involving a physician’s assistant from Olean.

The Department of Health's Office of Professional Medical Misconduct is investigating a long list of allegations against Scott Piatt that date back to the 1990s.

A statement of charges list allegations from at least eight female patients, including a 22-year-old woman who told investigators that during treatment Piatt “engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship” with the patient including at his office and residence while he worked at the Olean Family Health Center in 2011 and 2012.

During the time, he continued to prescribe her pain medication, the statement of charges alleges.

“Respondent’s care of Patient A failed to meet accepted standards of practice,” the state Board for Professional Medical Conduct states.

One complaint went back to 2005, when he worked in the Olean office of Dr. Paul Kirsch, said Piatt asked her personal questions about her breast implants and lifted her breast with his hands, commenting that “the scars were small.”

Another complaint came from a girl who was 16 when she first went to his office in 1998. The following year and into 2000, she said Piatt “engaged in sexual intercourse” with her “at various times at respondent’s office.”   

Piatt is also facing allegations from a male patient who says in June 2009, he was given permission to drive a commercial vehicle despite being on medication that made him unfit to drive such a vehicle.

There are no known criminal charges pending against Piatt. WIVB-TV in Buffalo reported Friday that charges against Piatt of inappropriate sexual contact with a female patient were dropped in 2010

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