THE DALLES, Ore. - Court documents show that The Dalles anesthesiologist accused of sexual abuse and rape has admitted sexually touching at least one woman after he medically sedated her.
The admission came during a recorded conversation 45-year-old Dr. Frederick George Field had with one of his alleged victims, according to court documents.
Five more women, bringing the total to seven, have also come forward and accused Field of abusing them while they were incapacitated.
Officials at Mid-Columbia Medical Center said they notified police after a patient told them about the allegations in May.
In an affidavit, Wasco Deputy District Attorney Leslie Wolf argued that bail for Field increase from $250,000 to $1 million, arguing that Field's could easily post bail based on his income and pose a threat to his alleged victims. Circuit Court Judge Janet Stauffer increased bail to $1,250,000 Monday.
On Tuesday Mid-Columbia Medical Center's president and CEO, Duane Francis, said in a statement, "As this case moves forward, we will continue to cooperate with the authorities to ensure justice can run its course."
Field was arrested July 28 after two victims came forward alleging he'd sexually assaulted them. One of them says she was victimized in February, another in 2007. The five additional victims say they were abused from 2008 to as recently as last month.
Almost all of the alleged incidents happened at the medical center and the district attorney's affidavit said many of the women worked with Field and feared losing their jobs if they reported the abuse.
Wasco County District Attorney Eric Nisley said he’s never seen a case like this in the county.
"I've heard of one other case like this in the Portland area with a dentist but I don't know that we've ever had this many victims," he said.
The state suspended Field’s license after his arrest. He agreed not to contest that suspension.
Field had worked at Mid-Columbia Medical Center since 2005. He is married and has two small children.