BELOW: How To Protect Yourself From Sexual Assualt By A Doctor
[Note: all of the stories below have been reported in just the last 30 days alone. Over the past 20 years, more than 3,100 doctors across the country had been found guilty of sexual misconduct. The doctors listed below have been accused and are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Following these accounts, please read “How To Protect Yourself From Sexual Assualt By A Doctor.” – Editor]
Frederick pediatrician indicted on rape charge
By Heather Mongilio, May 7, 2019
Frederick News-Post – A grand jury indicted a Frederick pediatrician after he allegedly sexually assaulted an 18-year-old female patient.
Dr. Ernesto Torres, 68, who practices family medicine was indicted by a grand jury Friday on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense, according to a press release from the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office and Frederick Police Department.
Will Cockey, a spokesman with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office, confirmed that multiple concerned parents have come forward since the arrest was announced Tuesday morning.
Detectives with the Frederick Police Department are continuing to field calls in the case, Cockey said.
Torres was arrested at his home at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Read more.
Las Cruces psychiatrist who allegedly had sex with patients charged with rape
Bethany Freudenthal, April 12, 2019
Las Cruces Sun-News – A local psychiatrist and pain management specialist allegedly forced woman to have sex with him, police say.
Dr. Mark Beale, 72, is alleged to have had inappropriate contact with six of his patients, ranging in age from 21 to 60, beginning in January 2015.
Police allege Beale forced some of the women to have sex with him, or engage in sexual contact, at his office, at 133 Wyatt Drive, or in one case, at a woman’s home.
Beale also may have prescribed medications to some of the women without properly diagnosing their symptoms, police say.
He’s been charged with three third-degree felony counts of criminal sexual penetration, four fourth-degree felony counts of criminal sexual contact and three misdemeanor counts of battery. Read more.
A Massachusetts doctor is accused of paying a 14-year-old Attleboro boy for sex.
Apr 18, 2019
WCVB, Boston – Sujan Kayastha, 37, was arrested Wednesday at his Dartmouth, Mass. home following a four-month investigation.
In December 2018, police said they received information that the teen had been sexually assaulted. The teen lives in a group home in Attleboro.
After the execution of multiple search warrants on mobile devices and social media accounts, police said Kayastha had engaged in lengthy, sexually explicit communications with the teen. The communication with the victim included the transmission of child pornography images.
Kayastha allegedly offered drugs, money and alcohol to the teen and made arrangements to meet with him and take him to a hotel in Seekonk.
Kayastha was arraigned on multiple charges, including possession of child pornography, two counts of disseminating obscene matter to a minor, two counts of electronic enticement of a child for prostitution and trafficking of a person for sexual servitude.
Kayastha was held on $75,000 bail. Kayastha is a medical doctor, employed at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford … Read more.
Police, state agency investigating former Sparrow doctor accused of sexual assault
Megan Banta, April 23, 2019
Lansing State Journal – A doctor with a prior disciplinary history who is now facing a lawsuit for sexually assaulting a patientis also under investigation by local police and the state agency that licenses medical professionals.
Dr. John Laurain was sued earlier this year in Ingham County Circuit Court.
Patient James St. Clair says Laurain repeatedly performed “unnecessary prostate exams without gloves for his own sexual gratification” and regularly “made inappropriate sexual comments and gestures,” according to the lawsuit.
Until this week, Laurain was listed as working for Sparrow Health System. But following the allegations, the doctor is “no longer employed by Sparrow,” spokesperson John Foren said Tuesday morning.
The Lansing Police Department has an active investigation into reports against Laurain, Public Information Officer Robert Merritt said Tuesday …
Doctor made ‘inappropriate’ comments
During “every appointment,” Laurain made “inappropriate sexual comments and gestures” to St. Clair, according to the complaint.
Court records show those comments and gestures included:
- Pointing out his erection to St. Clair.
- Showing his profile on Grindr, a social networking app for gay men
- Saying “gay men cannot be monogamous.”
- Encouraging sexually promiscuous behavior.
- Talking about his own sex life.
- “Unnecessarily touching (St. Clair’s) genitals, prostate, and nipples.”
How To Protect Yourself From Sexual Assualt By A Doctor
By Abigail Pesta, Mar 2, 2017
Women’s Health – Dawn Marie Basham shifted on the crinkly exam-table paper and pulled her skirt up just high enough to expose the cyst on the side of her leg, about four inches above her right knee.
It was April 2014, and her regular M.D. in Delray Beach, Florida, had referred her to the doctor she was about to see so he could drain the growth. When he came in, he tugged the fabric higher, tucking it tightly between her inner thighs from behind. That’s weird, she thought. But I guess that’s what they do.
The doctor finished the procedure, then sent the nurse out of the room for bandages. He began wiping Dawn Marie’s knee; she assumed he was cleaning up the iodine.
As he calmly asked the then-39-year-old singer about her work, he started dabbing her inner thighs. Her upper thighs. Her buttocks. When Dawn Marie felt his finger penetrate her vagina through her underwear, she froze. “I remember thinking: No, this cannot be.”
But it was. And while the majority of physicians don’t abuse their patients, Dawn Marie’s alleged experience is far from rare. In a new survey of nearly 500 women conducted by Women’s Health and the anti-sexual violence group RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), 27 percent said they’d been violated by a doctor—reporting everything from lewd comments to masturbation, inappropriate touching, and even rape.
Our findings confirm those of a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) investigation that analyzed more than 100,000 medical disciplinary records dating back to 1999 and discovered that more than 3,100 doctors across the country had been found guilty of sexual misconduct.
Their improprieties included abusing patients, harassing employees, and viewing child pornography. But perhaps the most heinous revelation of all was that half of the physicians disciplined for abusing patients still have medical licenses; in many cases, they walked away with the lightest of punishments. Read more.