A physician was charged with
sexual assault on one of his female patients. In order to resolve his sexual assault
charge, he gave up his Maryland license to practice permanently. He is
still faced with a civil lawsuit from another woman.
A 41-year-old patient visited MedExpress Urgent Care Center because she
was having issues with a prescription that the physician prescribed. During
a pelvic examination, the physician allegedly touched her in an inappropriate
manner and when the woman asked him to stop, he honored her request and
asked for a hug. Another woman accused the physician of groping her during
an examination of a back injury. She filed a lawsuit asking for over $1 million.
The physician wrote to the Maryland Board of Physicians and stated that
he would no longer practice as a doctor. He further stated that he is
not going to contest the investigative findings of the board that resulted
in his license suspension. Following a short hearing, the state decided
to drop the charges against the physician. An Assistant State Attorney
claimed that based on evidence, this was not a strong case.
Just because someone is formally charged with a crime does not automatically
mean they will be convicted. In this case, Maryland prosecutors dropped
the sexual assault charge against the defendant. As with any criminal
case, prosecutors will need to meet a strict burden of proof that the
defendants are guilty of the charges against them. All defendants have
the right to the presumption of innocence unless proved guilty in a criminal
Source: ABC News, "Maryland Doc Facing Sex Charge Surrenders License",
David Dishneau, Sept. 2, 2014