State: Doctor admits to molesting patients, taking drugs

SEATTLE -- A Wenatchee doctor's license to practice medicine was suspended this week after he allegedly admitted to molesting unconscious female patients and self prescribing drugs.

John G. Thomas, who's been a licensed physician and surgeon for more than 20 years, went to a psychiatrist last August to seek help for what he believed was a sexual addiction, according to the state Department of Health.

His psychiatrist recommended he stop practicing medicine and self report to the Washington Physicians Health Program. He agreed, and the next month he told them he was a sex addict and had been self prescribing Vicodin and Ambien for the last nine years.

Program officials recommended he enter inpatient treatment, which he agreed to, according to the Department of Health.

In December, Thomas admitted to the Medical Quality Assurance Commission that he had inappropriately touched the breasts of 15 female patients while working as an anesthesiologist. In a letter from his attorney, Thomas said he "realized the seriousness of his addiction issues" and had resigned from his anesthesia group, according to the Department of Health.

Thomas can't practice as a physician in Washington until the charges are resolved. He has 20 days to respond to the charges and to request a hearing. It's unclear if he is facing and criminal charges.