Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Veterans Face Sexual Predator At Leavenworth VA

If he did this at the VA, did he also do it as an Army Major?
Veterans say they returned home from battlefield only to face new foe at Leavenworth VA
FOX 4 News
John Holt
JULY 11, 2016

"We went through so much ourselves overseas... I mean day in and day out nonsense. To come back to this, for real. Is this a real thing happening to all of us right now?" Purple Heart Veteran Jake
LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- He was a decorated Army officer.

They are Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, who all came home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and in some cases, physical wounds. The men turned to the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth for treatment when their paths crossed with Mark Wisner.

Now, the retired Major and former physician assistant at the Leavenworth VA is charged with aggravated sexual battery in Leavenworth County. Prosecutors filed that charge in June, the second sex abuse case filed in Leavenworth County involving veterans treated at the VA. Wisner also faces two misdemeanor counts.

On top of that he faces at least eight federal lawsuits by veterans who allege he sexually abused them, the most recent filed on July 11, 2016. And more lawsuits are expected, with pending Federal Tort Claims filed by other veterans.

"He went in there, we trusted him, he says 'hey, I'm also a doctor," said Steve, a staff sergeant at Fort Leavenworth.

And that's the similar story of other veterans, who for the first time are sharing their stories and experiences with Wisner. They all allege they were lured into trusting him by easy access to him and prescriptions, and by the fact he was prior service and claimed to know what they were up against.
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