Louisville Doctor Arrested After Choking Teen Girl For Not Practicing 'Social Distancing'

Brittany M. Hughes | April 9, 2020
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(UPDATE 4/13/2020: An earlier version of this story reported Dr. Rademaker was providing care at Baptist Health. Baptist Health claims he is not an employee and removed a webpage connected to a Dr. John Rademaker.) This story reflects those changes.


A Louisville doctor was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree strangulation after authorities say he tried to choke out a teenage girl for not practicing “social distancing."

The Louisville Metro Police Department said they arrested John Rademaker after cell phone video showed him cursing at a group of teenage girls before shoving them and forcing his hands around one of the teens’ neck. In the video, Rademaker and a woman can be seen approaching the girls and launching profanity at them for not practicing social distancing, even as the teen behind the cell phone assures him they're leaving. The scene then quickly turned violent as Rademaker pinned on of the girls to the ground and began choking her as the woman holds down her legs while other girls in the group screamed. The attack only stopped after another man stepped up to intervene.

Local reports state Rademaker, who was identified as a physician with Southern Indiana Anesthesia Consultants (a division of One Anesthesia PLLC), has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. In addition to strangulation, he was also charged with three counts of harassment with physical contact.