Harnetty was never publicly disciplined by Georgia's medical licensing board, the AJC found, paving the way for him to practice in another state.
At the Wyoming trial, six female patients testified during the week-long trial that Harnetty touched them improperly during exams, according to the Star-Tribune's coverage of the trial. Testimony included allegations that Harnetty failed to wear gloves during intimate exams and that his exams were different from others they had experienced, including rubbing them in ways that weren't consistent with a medical exam.
Harnetty plans to appeal, his lawyer told the Star-Tribune.
Harnetty's Georgia medical license is listed as "lapsed" on the website of the Georgia Composite Medical Board. He voluntarily gave up his Wyoming medical license.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a national investigation in 2016 that exposed cases of physician sexual misconduct from around the country. The series documented a permissive attitude in every state that allowed doctors who violated their own patients to stay in practice. Read the AJC's award-winning Doctors & Sex Abuse series here.