By Sabina Mollot
On Thursday, Kenneth Ferranti, a former physician’s assistant who worked at Hennessey Dermatology in Gramercy, pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of two male patients.
Ferranti, a 40-year-old resident of Jersey City, abused the patients in February and August of 2017. Along with sexual abuse in the third degree, he also pleaded guilty to forcible touching and perjury for lying about the incidents during his testimony.
“As a physician’s assistant, this defendant garnered trust and confidence from the many patients left in his care,” said District Attorney Cy Vance. “But on at least two occasions, when these same patients came to him in need of medical attention, he violated that trust and abused them under the guise of providing medical treatment. That he later perjured himself before a grand jury as he testified about the abuse only exacerbates this terrible crime, and I thank my office’s prosecutors for holding him accountable.”
Vance asked that anyone who suspects they were victimized by Ferranti call the D.A.’s Sex Crimes hotline at (212) 335-9373.
Ferranti, who took a plea deal, is expected to be sentenced on December 20.
According to a spokesperson for the D.A., he’ll face six years probation for the sex crimes and must complete either a sex offender treatment program or individual counseling, as well as surrender his physician assistant license. For the perjury, he was promised a conditional discharge with 10 days community service.
An employee at Hennessey, which is located on East 18th Street between Park Avenue South and Irving Place, hung up on a reporter when asked if the clinic had any comment. Ferranti’s attorney couldn’t be reached by phone at his firm and the firm didn’t respond to an emailed request for comment.