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Jail Doctor Accused Of Trading Candy, Tobacco For Sexual Favors

October 20, 2018 - 11:11 am

MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ/AP) - Authorities say a doctor accused of sexual misconduct at the Macomb County jail offered candy and tobacco to a woman in exchange for a sex act.

Steve Cogswell appeared in court Friday on six charges of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The 53-year-old was sent to jail until he comes up with $250,000 bail.

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Cogswell was employed by Correct Care Solutions, a private agency that provides health services at the jail. Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says Cogswell worked at the jail about six weeks until mid-September, when authorities received a note from an inmate and launched an investigation. The allegations against him involve three female inmates, ages 27, 29 and 31. 

"There was two female inmates that were touched inappropriately by the doctor. We immediately began an investigation and during that investigation, we discovered a third inmate that made the same allegation," Wickersham said. "One of the three victims indicated that she performed an act on him and in return received candy and tobacco."

Calling it an "outrageous abuse of power," Prosecutor Eric Smith says explicit photo and video evidence was found on Cogswell's phone. The alleged acts took place during medical examinations. Correct Care Solutions does not have a policy that requires a nurse to be present during exams.

Tennessee-based Correct Care Solutions says it won't talk about the case. It terminated Cogswell's employment on Oct. 10.

Police are urging any other inmates that had similar contact with Cogswell to speak up. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.