HORTON, Kan. — A former Leavenworth Veterans Administration Medical Center physician assistant, already facing criminal charges and a slew of lawsuits, now faces a new allegation of sexual abuse. This time involving high school athletes in his hometown of Horton.
After seeing FOX 4’s initial investigation and other coverage, a former Horton High School football and basketball player came forward to say many of the veterans’ allegations also happened back in the late 1990’s.
The man, now in his 30’s, asked not to be identified, but said he and his fellow high school athletes would compare notes and joke about their physicals or visits to Wisner, who still calls Horton home.
“I’d go in there, be like, ‘hey my knee’s still botherin’ me, can you take a look at it?'” he recalled. “He’d be like ‘okay, drop your pants, let’s check there first…”
He admits he found it odd after a few visits, but even more odd when comparing notes with fellow students and realizing it was happening to them too.
“It was just something us kids, we’d razz each other about it.”
And as a result they didn’t report their experiences to their coaches, teachers, or parents to this former student’s knowledge.
Indeed the former high school coach during his era told FOX 4 News he’d never heard of the allegations and was surprised.
Wisner served as a physician’s assistant at the Horton hospital, and the school district confirms, as an athletic trainer during the time period the student says the incidents occurred.
His story is similar to veterans who were treated by Wisner at the VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, who’ve filed nearly a dozen federal lawsuits against
Wisner, and the U.S. Government. Wisner also faces criminal charges in Leavenworth County, and has pleaded not guilty in one case to aggravated sexual battery. Prosecutors allege he sexually abused a veteran patient over a four-year period.
Wisner surrendered his PA license last year and left the VA system. He remains behind bars.
On a recent trip to Horton, located north of Topeka, Wisner’s wife declined comment when approached at the couple’s home.
Meantime, the former student now adult living in the area says he feels bad for the veterans who’ve been harmed, and wishes he and his fellow student athletes had spoken up nearly two decades ago.
“If something did happen and what has happened to these soldiers, maybe that could have been prevented.”