Doctor waives examination in jail sexual assault case

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 30, 2018

Steven Cogswell

CLINTON TOWNSHIP/MOUNT CLEMENS — A former Macomb County Jail doctor facing charges that he had inappropriate sexual relations with three female inmates waived his right to a preliminary examination Nov. 26.

Steven Cogswell, 53, of Waterford, was arraigned in October on six counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was given a $250,000 cash-or-surety bond and remains in the St. Clair County Jail.

According to Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith, Cogswell engaged in a series of sexual encounters with the women between August and September of this year. The acts are reported to have taken place in the jail’s medical center.

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

Cogswell’s phone was recovered and searched by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, and it allegedly contained a number of explicit videos and photographs.

Cogswell was contracted by the jail through Correct Care Solutions and had been working at the jail since early August. He has since been terminated from his position. Correct Care Solutions officials are not commenting.

Cogswell’s attorney, Stephen Rabaut, did not return phone calls seeking comment by press time.

The Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the alleged crimes on Sept. 16, according to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, when officials received complaints from two female inmates regarding inappropriate touching by a medical doctor working within the jail.

Wickersham said that during the investigation, they learned there was another female inmate who was also allegedly a victim of Cogswell.

All three victims reported that upon obtaining medical treatment from the doctor, he intentionally touched their genitalia in a sexual manner. These acts reportedly occurred at the jail while the victims were alone in a treatment room with the doctor. One of the victims reported that a sex act was performed with the doctor in exchange for tobacco and candy. A search warrant was conducted at Cogswell’s residence, as well as his phone, where evidence of the alleged crimes was reportedly found.

The victims include a 31-year-old woman from Sterling Heights, a 29-year-old from Roseville and a 27-year-old from Port Huron, officials reported.

Cogswell will be arraigned on the charges in Macomb County Circuit Court on Monday, Dec. 17.