Iron Range doctor charged with criminal sexual misconduct appears in court

EVELETH, MN–An Iron Range doctor charged with criminal sexual misconduct appeared in St. Louis County Court Friday morning.

Friday morning, Edmund William Draper, 71, made his first appearance for felony criminal sexual conduct in the 4th degree and gross misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct in the 5th degree.

The judge ruled Draper will not be taken into custody. Draper had been summoned to court when the charges were first filed on April 12, so Draper was never behind bars on these charges.

He’s required to remain law-abiding, attend all future court appearances, and maintain contact with his attorney. Draper is also ordered to have no contact with the patient he’s accused of sexually harassing.

The charges stem from a report Eveleth Police received from an adult female regarding alleged inappropriate sexual touching during the course of monthly medical treatments she received from Draper at an Eveleth clinic.

According to court documents, the woman said Draper allegedly “touched her buttocks and her breasts”, and kissed her on multiple occasions. She apparently took video of one of the incidents, which she showed to authorities.

On Friday, police said after investigating the complaint, they determined there was probable cause to believe Draper has committed criminal sexual misconduct.

The woman had been a patient of Draper’s since 2016. According to court documents, the woman claims the touching was nonconsensual, and “made her uncomfortable.”

In 2015, the Mesabi Daily News reported Draper was instrumental in establishing a hospice for children in his native country of England in the 1980s.

Draper is due back in court in June.

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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