On behalf of Rosenblum Schwartz & Fry posted in Sex Crimes on Friday, December 22, 2017.
A Missouri doctor was charged on Dec. 18 of sexually assaulting two female patients at a pain clinic in St. Louis County. The 38-year-old doctor is facing two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree sodomy.
One of the patients, a 60-year-old woman, visited the clinic on Oct. 17 for treatment of her chronic pain. During the exam, the doctor allegedly touched the woman’s breasts and genitals with his hands. A second woman, age 61, told authorities that she had an appointment at the clinic to be treated for hip and back pain. However, she stopped the exam after he allegedly touched her breasts and genitals.
Each felony sodomy charge carries punishments that can include up to four years in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine. Each misdemeanor sexual abuse charge is punishable by a maximum of one year in prison and a maximum $1,000 fine. It was noted that the accused doctor was originally put on probation in 2008 while he was in his third year of postgraduate training for issues regarding professionalism. He was given a probationary license in Missouri in July 2016.
Those who are charged with sexual assault crimes could face both legal consequences and other punishments whether or not they are convicted. For example, a person could lose his or her job just due to the accusations alone. A criminal law attorney may investigate the facts surrounding the case and raise important questions about circumstances or evidence that may not be clear in documents. In many cases, the attorney could assist with preparing for a jury trial to fight the charges.