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Michigan AG files complaint against former Sparrow doctor

Posted at 8:16 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 05:36:20-04

LANSING, Mich. — Fox 47 has confirmed the state Attorney Generals Office has filed a complaint to revoke the medical license of Dr. John Laurain.

Laurain has 30 days to respond to the complaint. A hearing will determine if he can keep his license.

This started when James St.Clair filed a lawsuit against Laurain claiming the doctor physically assaulted him and repeatedly made lewd comments to them during exams. His partner, Dustin Morrell made similar claims.

"The past 7 months have been a rollercoaster I would say emotionally,” said Morrell. “We're both in counseling. We're both seeking professional help."

St. Clair and his partner Dustin Morrell claim Laurain sexually assaulted them more than once. St. Clair filed a lawsuit against his former primary care physician in February. They blame Laurain for physical and emotional troubles they say cost them their jobs.

"It's just been very very difficult. The comments weren't very friendly,” said St. Clair. “ There's people who are supporting and people who reached out to Dustin who said they were victims as well."

Sparrow let Laurain go in April after the allegations came to light but his license to practice and prescribe medicine are still active.

"I don't think it's enough that his license should just be taken away,” said St. Clair. “I think there should be legal action taken as well and he should be incarcerated."

The Attorney General's office filed the administrative complaint last week against Laurain, seeking to revoke his license.

"She said that we should be prepared to testify in the next couple of months against Dr. Laurain,” said St. Clair. “All she's doing right now is waiting on his response and how he wants to proceed. If he wants to proceed with a trial or if he wants to just settle. I'm glad that there's action being taken with his license that's the least bit I think he should be suffering for what he did."

Both St. Clair and Morrell say it's a move in the right direction.

"The justice that the Attorney General is providing us regarding with LARA with licensing is the first step to many more steps," said Morrell.

They say they hope being in the spotlight and testifying will help others speak up.

"The whole point of sitting down with you and the news is to get the story out there and for other fellow victims to gain a voice," said St. Clair.

Dr. Laurain denies the allegations. Both his attorney and Sparrow have filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. We've asked them for a comment and we'll let you know when they respond.

The Lansing Police Department has wrapped up its investigation, and the criminal case is now in the hands of the Ingham County Prosecutor. We'll let you know if charges are filed.

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