According to the county district attorney’s office, a Clackamas County grand jury decided against charging a former suburban Portland doctor with criminal sexual misconduct and patient abuse because there was insufficient evidence to support the accusations.
The district attorney’s office said in a statement on Saturday that the grand jury heard testimony from 41 witnesses before issuing a “not true bill” on the charges against Dr. David Farley, indicating that prosecutors were unable to prove the claims beyond a reasonable doubt.
According to court documents, Farley, formerly of West Lynn, is currently facing a civil lawsuit brought by numerous patients who claim he sexually assaulted them while working at the Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Hospital, and West Linn Family Health Clinic.
Farley’s medical license was revoked by the Oregon Medical Board in 2020 for dishonorable and improper behavior as well as egregious or persistent neglect.
A judge turned down Farley’s plea to delay the civil case brought against him in the same year. While the plaintiffs were under his care, the lawsuit claimed that Farley conducted unwarranted pelvic exams and participated in a sexual battery.
Farley’s attorney at the time, Karen O’Kasey, made several arguments, including that delaying the civil lawsuit would safeguard Farley’s Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination during the police inquiry.
O’Kasey couldn’t be reached right away on the phone since he was out of the country on Sunday.
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