On November 1, 2019, a long-time Maryland pediatrician was convicted of second-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual offense of an 18-year-old patient who had been his patient since she was a baby. The 69-year-old Maryland pediatrician was found not guilty of second-degree rape, reportedly because the judge in the bench trial found that the Maryland pediatrician did not use force during the assault on April 26, 2019 when he placed his hand down the patient’s pants and keep his hand there for over five minutes.
On December 23, 2019, the Maryland pediatrician was sentenced to one year in a county detention facility, with credit for 230 days he has already spent on house arrest since he was arrested in May 2019. His defense attorney argued for no jail time, stating that the defendant was a first-time offender.
Since his indictment in April 2019, at least 11 more victims (all female) of the Maryland pediatrician reportedly have come forward, resulting in a subsequent indictment containing 65 charges, including 43 counts of third-degree sex offenses and nine counts of child sex abuse that allegedly occurred since he started practicing medicine in 1979. The additional charges, involving patients as young as eleven years old, include 9 counts of child sex abuse; 10 counts of sex abuse of a minor; 43 counts of sex offense, third degree; 2 counts of sex offense, second degree; and, 1 count of assault, second degree.
In the criminal case for which the pediatrician was sentenced to one year incarceration, the 18-year-old patient reportedy was seen in the Maryland pediatrician’s office late in the afternoon on a Friday, to discuss the effectiveness of a new prescription medication for anxiety. While she was alone in the exam room with the pediatrician, she alleged that he instructed her to lie back and then put his hand down her pants and sexually touched her vaginal area for more than five minutes, during which she was sobbing and frozen in fear: “He was standing over me. I couldn’t get up. I was very emotional and I was crying.” The pediatrician did not remove his hand until the patient suddenly sat up and asked for a tissue to blow her nose. Afterwards, the Maryland pediatrician hugged the patient and continued to talk to her regarding various topics.
The young woman discussed the incident with her mother the next day, and discussed the incident with her faher the following day. She reported the alleged sexual assault to the authorities on the same day she disclosed the incident to her father.
On May 28, 2019, the Maryland State Board of Physicians issued an Order of Summary Suspension of License to Practice Medicine against the Maryland pediatrician. On June 12, 2019, the Maryland pediatrician attended a hearing during which he did not present any evidence and agreed to the suspension of his Maryland medical license.
If you or a loved one may have been harmed as a result of sexual assault by a physician in Maryland or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer, or a medical malpractice lawyer in your state, who may investigate your sexual assault claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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