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Ohio pain doctor appeals sexual imposition conviction, citing issue of recorded statements

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HUDSON, Ohio — A former northeast Ohio pain doctor has appealed his conviction on a sexual imposition charge.

James Bressi, of Hudson, was accused of improperly touching female patients. He was acquitted on 26 of 27 sexual misconduct counts against him and maintained he's innocent.

Bressi alleged the complaints were part of a former partner's conspiracy to put him out of practice. His 59-day prison sentence was stayed pending appeal.

His appeal argues that there wasn't sufficient evidence for a conviction and that prosecutors failed to provide recordings of some witness statements before trial. Bressi's attorney objected over that issue, but a judge allowed the trial to proceed.

Bressi surrendered his medical license. The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1LD0VP1 ) reports he'd have to register as a sex offender if his conviction is upheld.


Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, http://www.cleveland.com

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