A former University of Rochester Medical Center student is accusing a faculty member, Johan Blickman of raping her repeatedly and attempting to involve her boyfriend in murdering his ex-wife.
A former University of Rochester Medical Center student is accusing a faculty member of raping her repeatedly and attempting to involve her boyfriend in murdering his ex-wife.
Katia Kaplan-List was a medical resident under the direct supervision of Johan Blickman, vice chair of URMC's Department of Imaging Sciences and a professor in pediatrics, during a rotation in her residency in August of 2014.
According to the lawsuit obtained by News10NBC, Blickman allegedly invited Kaplan-List to his house to discuss a research project, then drugged and raped her.
The lawsuit state Blickman then told Kaplan-List that he had taken pictures of her in "embarrassing sexual situations" and said he would use the pictures to "humiliate her and ... destroy her career" if she reported his actions. Blickman told her he had caused someone in Boston, where he formerly worked, to be fired for reporting his actions.
Blickman allegedly admitted drugging and raping Kaplan-List to her boyfriend, who was not named in the lawsuit, and attempted to involve him in killing Blickman's ex-wife, saying: "I want the problem to go away permanently...It is very easy. She rides her bicycle every morning without a helmet and takes the same course daily."
He allegedly continued to coerce Kaplan-List to have sex with him, including at least once in his office at Strong Memorial Hospital. He began making "bizarre requests" of her, including role-playing that she was a child patient and then molesting her, and having sexual contact with his dog.
After Kaplan-List became pregnant in January 2015, Blickman allegedly continued to coerce her into having sex and ignored her request that he use a condom even though he had a urinary tract infection.
It is unclear whether Kaplan-List reported Blickman's alleged actions to either URMC or police, when and how the alleged behavior ended, and what, if anything, came of the alleged murder plot.
The lawsuit states that URMC "had a duty to protect (Kaplan-List) from injury" while she was a student there.
Kaplan-List is seeking $30 million in damages from Blickman, University of Rochester, and Strong Memorial Hospital
News10NBC reached out to URMC and Blickman's lawyer for comment, but have yet to hear back.