Orthopedic surgeon accused of harassing former employee


An orthopedic surgeon with Chillicothe, Ohio-based Adena Orthopedic and Spine Institute is accused of sexually harassing a former employee, the Scioto Valley Guardian reported Feb. 1. 

Gustavo Barrazueta, MD, was accused by a former employee of sending explicit text messages and touching them inappropriately, the report said. The employee reported him but felt he only received a "slap on the wrist," the report said.

Prosecutors said Dr. Barrazueta's conduct wasn't considered criminal, but the possibility of civil proceedings remains on the table.

A spokesperson for Adena said in an email to Becker's that the health system "takes allegations of these regards very serious and cooperates with law enforcement," but didn't provide further details about Dr. Barrazueta.

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