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Urologist Charged With Sexually Abusing Patients

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Michael J. Driscoll, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the unsealing today of a four-count Indictment charging DARIUS A. PADUCH, a New York–area urologist, with inducement of a person to travel to engage in unlawful sexual activity and inducement of a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity for his yearslong sexual abuse of two victims who were his patients and who were minors during part of the period of abuse.  PADUCH was arrested this morning and will be presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave this afternoon.  The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “As alleged, for years, Darius Paduch abused the trust of patients, including minors, who saw him for sensitive medical problems.  Paduch took advantage of his victims for his own deviant satisfaction.  Thanks to this morning’s arrest, Paduch’s abuse of his patients ends today.” 

FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll said: “The indictment unsealed today against Paduch, a New York-area doctor, details alleged systemic abuse of a number of patients, to include minors, over the course of several years.  Sexual abuse of anyone at any age for any reason is a horrific crime that carries strict penalties.  If you have been victimized by Darius Paduch in any way or have any additional information about his alleged illegal behavior, please call us at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or reach out to us at”

According to the allegations in the Indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:[1] 

Over the course of several years, PADUCH sexually abused multiple male patients, including minor male patients, while conducting purported urological examinations in his capacity as a medical doctor employed by a prestigious medical institution in New York, New York (“Medical Institution-1”).

From at least in or about 2015 through at least in or about 2019, PADUCH, while working as a urologist, enticed and induced multiple victims to travel to his medical offices at Medical Institution-1, so PADUCH could, among other things, sexually abuse the victims.  In or about 2019, PADUCH began practicing at a different hospital located in Long Island, New York (“Medical Institution-2”), where he continued to sexually abuse patients.  PADUCH used his position as a urologist at prominent medical institutions in New York to make or attempt to make the victims believe that the sexual abuse he inflicted on them was medically necessary and appropriate, when, in fact, it was not.  PADUCH often directed the victims to schedule follow-up visits, and he instructed victims to return to see him again.  As a result, some of the victims attended many appointments with PADUCH over the course of multiple years, at which PADUCH repeatedly abused them.

After appointments, PADUCH sent certain victims — including minor victims — text messages from his personal cellphone.  In those messages, he made inappropriate and sexual comments and jokes, and he directed the victims to schedule follow-up appointments or to visit his office after regular business hours. 

As alleged, PADUCH induced two victims to travel to New York, New York, from or through another state to engage in unlawful sexual activity — in other words, his abuse of the victims.  PADUCH also used a telephone and other means of interstate commerce to induce two minor victims to engage in the unlawful sexual activity.

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PADUCH, 55, of North Bergen, New Jersey, is charged with inducement of a victim (“Minor Victim-1”) to travel to engage in unlawful sexual activity, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison;  inducement of a victim (“Minor Victim-2”) to travel to engage in unlawful sexual activity, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison; inducement of Minor Victim-1 to engage in unlawful sexual activity, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison; and inducement of Minor Victim-2 to engage in unlawful sexual activity, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. 

The minimum and maximum potential sentences in this case are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI.

The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marguerite B. Colson, Elizabeth A. Espinosa, and Jun Xiang are in charge of the prosecution. 

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment and the descriptions of the Indictment set forth below constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.


Nicholas Biase
(212) 637-2600

Updated April 14, 2023

Press Release Number: 23-130