A Springfield physician charged with sexually assaulting an employee of his clinic, nearly seven years ago, was sentenced Friday in Union County Superior Court to 365 days in jail.
Doctor James Mauti, age 43 at the time, was arrested in 2007 on charges of drugging and then sexually assaulting the 32-year old sister of his girlfriend, who worked as a bookkeeper at his clinic. According to court records, the attack occurred in an examination room during Thanksgiving weekend.
Mauti, who operated Mauti Medical & Sports Medicine clinic on Milltown Road for two decades, was found not guilty of the most serious charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault. But the jury did believe that Assistant Union County Prosecutors Melissa Spagnoli and Michael Cleaver proved the doctor committed at least Third Degree Sexual Contact, and found him guilty of the lesser charge.
The victim in this case, who was referred to in court as “Joanne L” informed police and at least three other people of the incident within days.
During the trial, the jury heard testimony from Jeanette Mauti, wife of the doctor, that she removed evidence sought by police prior to a search of the home and office. The items included a cell phone the victim stated he used to photograph her as she lay helpless, as well as boxer shorts and a towel that she believed possibly had DNA evidence on them.
The victim testified that after drinking the medication given to her by Mauti for her extreme back pain, she soon found that she was unable to move. She stated that Mauti repositioned her several times on a bed and sexually assaulted her more than once.
Mauti had denied all charges. His attorney argued at trial that the woman’s testimony was not credible because hallucinations are a side effect of the medication he gave her.
The court ordered Mauti to register as a sex offender upon his release. He was also placed on lifetime parole supervision.
Details of the case can be found here: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/nj-supreme-court/1592069.html
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