UPDATE (11/5/20 7:30 p.m.):
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – 12 News reached out to communications officials at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
Here is the statement that the Chief of Public Affairs and Community Relations Service, Wesley R. Walls released.
These are serious allegations, and VA has no tolerance for this alleged behavior. That’s why this individual has been removed from patient care and has been isolated from fellow employees.
VA has asked law enforcement officials for evidence in this case to support personnel actions and will take appropriate action once law enforcement officials provide that evidence.
In the meantime, VA is also conducting its own investigation into this matter.Chief of Public Affairs and Community Relations Service Wesley R. Walls
ORIGINAL (11/5/20 11 a.m.):
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A doctor who worked at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg is facing federal sex charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.
Dr. Kenneth Ramdat, 65, of Silver Springs Md., was indicted on two counts of abusive sexual contact and two counts of simple assault. Ramdat is accused of touching two staff women’s breasts without permission in two separate incidents in August 2019 and October 2019 at the hospital.
Ramdat faces up to two years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each of the sexual contact counts and faces up to six months of incarceration and a fine of up to $10,000 for the assault counts.
The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, the FBI, the Veterans Affairs Police and the Clarksburg Police Department investigated the case.
Ramdat is listed on several websites as a “family medicine specialist.”
After learning of the charges, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D–W.Va., released a statement:
“The climate and culture of our VA Medical Centers starts at the top. If the allegations against Dr. Kenneth Ramdat are proven true, it is yet another sign that the Clarksburg VAMC leadership have abdicated their duty to the staff, the Veterans in their care, and all West Virginians as heinous behavior continues to occur under their watch. It is simply unacceptable that our Veterans and staff are not in a safe environment at the Clarksburg VAMC. How many more West Virginians and Veterans must endure this inexcusable treatment before action is taken to fix these systemic issues? As a pattern of negligence continues to emerge, action must be taken to right these wrongs. As a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, I will ensure these systemic problems at the Clarksburg VAMC are thoroughly investigated, and I hope that as this case progresses, the women affected by these alleged actions receive justice.”U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
On Thursday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R–W.Va., also released a statement:
“Sexual harassment—under any circumstances and in any setting—is simply unacceptable. It has absolutely no place in our society and certainly has no place in the workplace. I’m disturbed by the allegations in today’s indictment brought against one of the Clarksburg VA’s physicians. If the charges announced today are proven, then the individual responsible should be held fully accountable for his criminal acts.”U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito