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Jury in Dr. Bressi trial visits office where alleged sex assaults happened

James Bressi in court. (Source: WOIO) James Bressi in court. (Source: WOIO)
Dr. James Bressi on trial for sexual assault. (Source: Summit County Sheriff) Dr. James Bressi on trial for sexual assault. (Source: Summit County Sheriff)

Jury selection has wrapped up and opening statements began Thursday in the trial of Stow pain doctor, James Bressi.

Before testimony, the jury viewed the doctors' office. The trip allowed the panel to get a sense of where the alleged crimes happened. 

Bressi's license was suspended by the State Medical Board after sexual allegations against him surfaced. 

After an investigation following a patient's complaint, the indictment came down. Then another woman made similar allegations. Bressi faces two counts of rape in connection with those woman, but that is not all. 

A total of 11 other women came forward and he was hit with 13 more counts of gross sexual imposition, all felonies, along with 12 misdemeanor counts of sexual imposition.

The prosecutor's case covers allegations over an 18-month period ending in March 2013.

"She had her scrubs on at some point in time. Shortly after that, he put his hand down her scrubs and started massaging her buttocks," said Brian LoPrinzi, assistant county prosecutor.

Prosecutors paint the sex crimes trial of Bressi one way, and his attorneys another.

"Dr. Jim Bressi is going to take this witness stand and tell his side of the story and tell you what actually happened," said Mike Callahan, defense attorney.

Bressi is out of jail on a $1 million bond and remains on house arrest. 

The judge told jurors the case will take until the end of next week and to prepare for sexually graphic testimony.  

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