Manhattan DA’s Office Encourages Victims of Addiction Treatment Physician to Come Forward

August 23, 2018

Dr. Mark Jackson Charged With Sexual Abuse of a Patient in Harlem Addiction Treatment Clinic

Photo: Dr. Mark Jackson [via Linkedin]

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced charges against DR. MARK JACKSON, 59, for sexually abusing a female patient at the Starting Point Clinic, an addiction treatment facility that offers primary healthcare, located at 119 West 124th Street. As alleged in a New York County Criminal Court complaint, during a September 2017 breast cancer screening, the defendant placed his mouth on the patient’s breasts, and forcibly placed her hand on his penis. JACKSON is charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree and one count of Forcible Touching. [1]

This investigation is ongoing. Additional survivors and others with relevant information are strongly encouraged to contact the D.A.’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit at (212) 335-9373. The D.A.’s Office is a safe place to report crime regardless of your immigration status. Interpreters are available to assist non-native English speakers.

“Patients place a unique trust in their medical practitioners to conduct themselves with the utmost professionalism and care,” said District Attorney Vance. “As alleged here, Mark Jackson betrayed that trust when he sexually abused a patient seeking a simple breast cancer screening. Having attended to numerous patients over the course of his three years at this clinic, many of whom were grappling with substance use disorder, there is reason to believe there may be additional survivors of his alleged conduct. If you have been a victim of this abuse, I urge you to call our Sex Crimes Unit at 212-335-9373.”

Assistant D.A. Leah Saxtein is handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Jennifer Gaffney, Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, and Martha Bashford, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.

District Attorney Vance thanked the New York State Justice Center for its assistance with the case, particularly Assistant Special Prosecutor Erin Gise and Investigator Steven Orski.

[1] The charges contained in the complaint are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.


Defendant Information:

MARK JACKSON, D.O.B. 4/7/1959

New York, NY


  • Forcible Touching, a class A misdemeanor, one count
  • Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, a class B misdemeanor, two counts