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Utah physician assistant accused of sexually abusing patient

The ex-Utah Grizzlies aide also faces drug charges in NHL player's death

Oscar Couprou Johnson, 62, of Murray, a former physician's assistant, has been arrested for investigation of multiple counts of sexual abuse against at least one patient.
Oscar Couprou Johnson, 62, of Murray, a former physician's assistant, has been arrested for investigation of multiple counts of sexual abuse against at least one patient.
Salt Lake County Jail

SANDY — A former physician assistant who is already facing federal charges in connection with the death of a former NHL player has been arrested for investigation of multiple counts of sexually abusing a patient.

And police say there could be multiple victims.

Oscar Couprou Johnson, 62, of Murray, was arrested Wednesday for investigation of six counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of object rape, forcible sexual abuse and sexual battery.

Sandy police have been investigating "multiple reports of inappropriate and sexual behavior" by Johnson, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. One woman told police that Johnson has "grabbed and touched" her for the past several years and that he forced her to perform sex acts many times, the report states.

Johnson also "would take her meds and keep them from her. He also threatened to poison her and her husband," officers wrote.

On another occasion, a woman complained of back pain and said Johnson would touch her buttocks while examining her, the report states.

Police also noted that Johnson "was fired from his previous job as a physician assistant due to a complaint of a sexual nature. He was also recently investigated by (the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing) and admitted he had engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with several patients on multiple occasions," according to the report.

When interviewed by detectives, Johnson said he kissed and hugged three or four patients and had sex with one, but claimed it was consensual, the report states.

In October, the licensing division revoked Johnson's physician assistant license.

His license had been suspended in April. Johnson was ordered at that time to undergo a psychosexual and physical examination and "obtain a letter from each evaluator stating that the respondent is mentally and physically fit to practice as a physician assistant," the division report states.

In May, after receiving reports that Johnson was still practicing as a physician's assistant even though his license was suspended, the licensing division sent an undercover investigator to Johnson's office, according to the division's report. The undercover agent was given an exam by "Doctor Johnson," the report states.

The name of the clinic Johnson worked at was not immediately available.

Johnson, a former medical assistant for the Utah Grizzlies, made headlines in 2014 when he was indicted by a federal grand jury on 26 counts of illegally prescribing oxycodone and one count of making false statements to federal agents.

Johnson, who worked for the medical group that provided services to the team, prescribed 2,920 Percocet pills to Jordan Hart for over two years after the player was no longer with the Grizzlies, according to an indictment filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York.

Beginning in late 2010, Hart allegedly sold some of those pills to New York Rangers star Derek Boogaard. Boogaard died of an oxycodone and alcohol overdose in his Minneapolis apartment in May 2011.

In 2016, Hart reached a plea deal and was sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.

The case against Johnson has still not been resolved, even though court documents indicated that a plea deal had been reached in 2015. In 2016, Johnson's case was transferred from New York to the U.S. District Court in Oregon. It's unclear why the case was transferred to Oregon, but according to court records, Johnson said he intended to plea guilty there.

A federal hold was placed on Johnson in the Salt Lake County Jail.