MARCH 24, 1997

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Johnson pleads not guilty

not guilty plea by Andrew Walgamott
At an arraignment hearing that was held March 18, Gregory Johnson, charged with the alleged second-degree rape and second-degree assault of a 33-year-old Woodinville woman, pleaded not guilty. He is charged with anesthetizing the victim and raping her while she was unconscious Mar. 10.
   Since Johnson's arrest, over 30 other women have come forward to the Kirkland Police Department with allegations that Johnson had inappropriate contacts with them. Kirkland Police Sergeant Gene Markle said the complaints will be investigated and added to the case against Johnson.
   The next step in the case will be a bond hearing, which will be held to determine whether Court Services will supervise Johnson, or if he will remain in jail, according to Dan Satterberg at the King County Prosecutor's Office.
   Johnson, a resident of Bothell, had been licensed to practice medicine and surgery in the State of Washington since October of 1989. But at a special session of the state Medical Quality Assurance Commission, Johnson's medical license was suspended. Under the terms of the suspension, Johnson can not practice medicine until the suspension is resolved, according to Beverly Teeter, Medical Quality Assurance Commission administrator.
   Lisa Pigott, an administrative assistant in the commissioner's office, said suspensions of a physician's license are made when there is an immediate threat to the public safety. There is a possibility of a hearing with Johnson on April 1, Pigott said.