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Stow pain clinic to close doors

From Staff Reports Published: August 21, 2016 12:00 AM

The Summit Pain Specialists in Stow is closing its facility after legal battles and license revocations resulting from one of its doctors being convicted of sexual imposition involving a patient.

On its website, the clinic announced it was closing effective Aug. 15. The announcement stated, "We sincerely appreciate your trust and confidence in allowing us to participate in your care."

Drs. James Bressi and Robert Geiger were partners in the clinic. Bressi was convicted in 2014 on one count of sexual imposition involving a patient. He was found not guilty of 26 other charges, including rape, that stemmed from complaints filed against him by 11 women who were treated by him at Summit Pain Specialists, located on Allen Road.

The State Medical Board of Ohio announced in March of this year the medical license of Geiger was "permanently revoked" due to his failure to report "sexual misconduct and/or felonious acts with patients" from 2010 to 2013 at the Stow clinic by Bressi.

The announcement of the facility's closing comes on the heels of the Ohio Supreme Court upholding Bressi's conviction.

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In an Aug. 3 decision, the state court affirmed the Summit County Common Pleas Court's judgement and overruled Bressi's assignment of error claims.

After his conviction, Bressi was sentenced by Judge Tom Parker to 59 days in the Summit County jail and a $500 fine, but was given credit for serving 13 days in jail. He was not required to serve his sentence time until after the appeal and only if the case was not overturned.

Judge Scot Stevenson, who replaced Parker, will hear his case Aug. 30 to lift the stay and send Bressi to jail to serve the remaining time of 46 days, according to the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.

Bressi is required to register as a Tier I Sexual Offender every year for 15 years.

He voluntarily surrendered his medical license to the Ohio Medical Board in May 2015, and the State Medical Board issued an order to permanently revoke the license.

According to Summit Pain Specialists' website, another provider, Dr. Michael Louwers, "will be staying in the area continuing to practice Pain Management. Currently, he is not actively accepting patients at any facility or hospital."

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