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Jul 16, 2014 6:22 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Sag Harbor Acupuncturist Arrested For Sexually Abusing A Patient

Jul 21, 2014 10:04 AM

UPDATE: Friday, 1:35 P.M.

According to court documents, Mr. Gohring was accused of aggravated sexual abuse, violating the female patient with his hand. The patient “was helpless during an acupuncture procedure being administered by the defendant” and “had numerous acupuncture needles inserted throughout her body, rendering her unable to move off of the treatment table” during the abuse, according to the documents.

When reached by phone Friday afternoon, Mr. Gohring declined to comment, saying he wanted to speak to his attorney first.

Mr. Gohring is represented by Sag Harbor-based attorney Robert J. Coyle. Mr. Coyle did not respond to a request for comment.

Original Story:

A Sag Harbor acupuncturist was arrested last week on charges of sexually abusing a female patient he was treating, according to a press release issued by the Southampton Town Police Department on Wednesday.

Mikal Gohring, 64, a licensed acupuncturist, was arrested on Saturday at his place of business located at 3297 Noyac Road in Sag Harbor. According to Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa, the female patient disclosed to the police that Mr. Gohring sexually abused her during an appointment. He was charged with aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree, a Class C felony.

Mr. Gohring was held overnight Saturday night at Southampton Town Police headquarters in Hampton Bays and arraigned the next day at the Southampton Town Justice Court. He was remanded to Suffolk County Jail with a posted $20,000 bail.

In 2009, the New York Times profiled Mr. Gohring and described him as a veteran acupuncturist. According to his website, he offers comprehensive oriental medicine, acupuncture, and acutonics treatments.

Town detectives are asking anyone with additional information on the situation to call them at 702-2230.

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By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Jul 17, 14 10:35 PM
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I am a former patient of Mr. Gohring. I saw him for about 18 months and never was made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe. I certainly hope that these accusations prove to be false and that the practitioner whom I have recommended to so many is not a bad guy.
By nsea93 (39), Southampton on Jul 18, 14 12:26 AM
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Spurned romantic advance, perhaps?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 18, 14 3:35 PM
Don't know the facts Z. In a profession where you put your hands on people it is easy to be accused. Hopefully the facts will cast some light.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jul 18, 14 3:49 PM
I love how a woman is considered to be lying based on...? Will be VERY interesting when the truth comes out.
By lovetosmile (1), Laurel on Jul 30, 14 11:09 PM
mr. goehring has treated me and many others for years. I have never felt anything from him but professionalism. something is rotten in Denmark.
By rabbit (65), watermill on Jul 19, 14 8:11 AM
heard recently that he was a good acupuncturist and wad about to make an appointment and as soon as this bull S t os over will make the apointment as I have been told by many that he is the best and very professional. case closed on the complainant
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jul 19, 14 5:24 PM
I've been Mr. Gorhing patient for the last 8 years. I have never felt any sexual attempt besides his professionalism. Hope this is all clear so he can go back to his practice.
Terry Stevens
By Stevens (9), Sagaponack on Jul 19, 14 8:06 PM
I have been a patient of Mr. Gohring's for as long as I can remember (30 years?) and have NEVER experienced anything untoward in that entire time.
My mother and sister have seen him as well. My husband and I consider Mikal to be a lifesaver....best healer known to us. He has healed my migraines and ulcerative colitis among other things. This accusation is nonsense and shameful.
By Enilam (1), Southampton on Aug 7, 14 1:20 PM
Perhaps people should revisit their comments now that the truth has come out. He may have been a "good acupuncturist" but the case was most defiantly not "closed against the complainant.". It's so disheartening to see how easily it is for folks to look for reasons to blame a victim.

Jun 9, 15 4:27 PM appended by Why
Perhaps people should revisit their comments now that the truth has come out. He may have been a "good acupuncturist" but the case was most definitely not "closed against the complainant.". It's so disheartening to see how easily it is for folks to look for reasons to blame a victim.
By Why (1), Jamestown on Jun 9, 15 4:27 PM