Washington: A doctor has been labelled a “diabolical mad scientist” after allegedly plying US troops undergoing medical training with alcohol and drugs and making them conduct intimate medical procedures on each other.
John Henry Hagmann, 59, allegedly used his Virginia farm to experiment on cadets, where he had them drink eight shots of rum and injected them with ketamine.
One intoxicated participant allegedly had anaesthetics injected into his genitals, before the doctor volunteered to be injected himself.
On another occasion, Dr Hagmann allegedly told students to insert catheters into each other’s genitals and subjected students to “shock labs” where he withdrew their blood and injected it back into their bodies.
He is also said to have “exploited, for personal gain and sexual gratification” two people who took a course at his farm in 2013.
One man was allegedly taken to a warehouse and given beer until he was drunk. Dr Hagmann then allegedly requested to “examine, manipulate and photograph” his genitals and he was too drunk to refuse.
The claims against Dr Hagmann are made in report by the Virginia Board of Medicine obtained by Reuters. Public records show that he was suspended in March after a VBM board concluded he “constitutes a substantial danger to the public health or safety”.
Dr Hagmann has not been charged with a crime, and in a statement to Reuters he insisted that his methods “all comply with standard practices for training medical students”.
“Absolutely no ‘sexual gratification’ was involved and there is no evidence of such,” he said.
Dr Hagmann has been involved in the medical training of thousands of US troops and his company has received more than $US10 million ($13 million) from the government. He faces a medical hearing on June 19.