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Bressi's request for new trial postponed

Attorney asks for time to review documents

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: June 4, 2017 12:00 AM
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AKRON -- Former osteopathic doctor James P. Bressi of Hudson will continue to wait to see if he will be granted a motion to file for a new trial or serve time in jail for a 2014 conviction of sexual imposition, a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Following two appeals and multiple stays of execution of the sentence, Bressi and his attorney Michael Callahan filed a motion in April 2017 for leave to file a motion for a new trial.

Judge Joy Malek Oldfield of the Summit County Court of Common Pleas May 30 extended the date to Aug. 8 for a motion hearing to allow defense attorney Michael Callahan to review documents pertaining to his motion for leave to file a motion for a new trial.

Callahan asked the hearing to be continued to allow time to review "thousands of pages of documents and 20,000 emails" from the closing of the Summit Pain Specialists in Stow in August 2016, which Bressi co-owned with former doctor, Robert Stephen Geiger. The Ohio Medical Board revoked both men's medical licenses.

Summit Pain Specialists is in receivership, with Attorney Zak Burkons appointed by a judge to oversee the assets of the company.

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The Summit County assistant prosecuting attorney Richard Kasay said he had no objection to the continuance.

Judge Oldfield said if a motion for leave to file is granted, Callahan needs to file within seven days for a motion for a new trial.

Bressi was convicted in 2014 of one count of sexual imposition involving a patient. He was found not guilty of 26 other charges, including rape, that stemmed from complaints filed against him by 11 women who were treated by him at Summit Pain Specialists.

On Aug. 29, 2014, a jury in Judge Tom Parker's courtroom at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas found Bressi guilty of one count of sexual imposition, a third-degree misdemeanor.

Judge Parker sentenced Bressi to serve 59 days in the Summit County jail and a $500 fine, but gave Bressi credit for serving 13 days in jail. Bressi's attorney asked for and was granted a stay of execution of the sentence pending appeals.

If a motion for leave to file a motion for a new trial is not granted, Bressi's sentence would be executed. In addition to a sentence of 59 days, Bressi could serve five years of community control and register as a tier 1 sexual offender for 15 years according to Summit County assistant prosecuting attorney Jon Baumoel.

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