Macomb Co. jail doctor fired, accused of sexual encounters with inmates

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
A former doctor at the Macomb County jail is charged with having sex with female inmates.

Mount Clemens — A doctor who worked at the Macomb County Jail is being accused of having sexual encounters with multiple inmates in the jail's medical center, the county prosecutor said Thursday.

Dr. Steven Cogswell of Waterford Township is charged with six counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct; each count a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith and police allege that Cogswell engaged in a series of sexual encounters with female inmates at the Mount Clemens jail between August and September. 

Officials believe the acts occurred in the detention's medical center while the inmates were receiving treatment. 

Cogswell’s phone contained a number of explicit videos and photographs after it was recovered and searched by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department, authorities said.

Cogswell has since been terminated from Correct Care Solutions, the medical group contracted with the county to handle the medical care of inmates at the jail.

"This man’s actions were an outrageous abuse of power," Smith said in an online press release.  "Doctor Cogswell had access to vulnerable women and sexually exploited them. This type of despicable behavior from a medical professional will not be tolerated."

Cogswell is expected to be arraigned in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township this week.
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