SEATTLE — A fourth victim has come forward with allegations of sexual assault against a Port Angeles doctor.
Josiah Hill, a licensed surgeon in Washington for the past two years, was in court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to the new charge.
The first allegation of sexual assault goes back to August 2021.
Hill was working at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles at the time.
The victims "were at an emergency room seeking care, they needed help, they needed compassion," said Attorney Ashton Dennis with Washington State Law. Dennis is representing two of the now four victims in a civil case.
Hill was arrested at the end of July of this year. Shortly after, the Washington Department of Health suspended his license. They said in documents that Hill "poses an immediate danger and risk of harm to the public."
"The hospital system failed them," Dennis said.
Hill appeared in the Clallam County Superior Courthouse for a hearing Wednesday. Prosecutors added another charge to the list. Hill is facing multiple charges of indecent liberties-health care provider and second-degree rape. Indecent liberties covers any unlawful sexual contact that is not considered rape - there is a special section for healthcare providers. In two of these allegations the victims are considered vulnerable because they weren't able to resist.
Court documents show Hill is charged with raping a woman while she was in and out of consciousness after being in a car accident. Another victim was under involuntary detention as ordered by Hill and had been given Lorazepam, which is a sedative. They go on to say Hill administered the same drug to another victim.
"There's actual video evidence of some of this conduct, so we are hopeful that the court is able to deliver justice for these victims," Dennis said.
Dennis said there's a lasting impact as victims don't know who to trust. With that said, there are victim's advocates helping them through this process.
On Wednesday, prosecutors pushed back the trial date because more charges could come down in the next week or so.