A New Jersey doctor accused of sexually assaulting his patients was taken
into police custody on Dec. 23. Authorities reported that law enforcement
officials investigated the case for three months prior to serving the
doctor with an arrest warrant.
Reportedly, three patients made allegations that the doctor had had sexual
contact with them during examinations. On what charges the doctor was
detained and held in custody was not immediately clear. Reportedly, the
investigation is ongoing insofar as officials were still searching for
other patients who may have additional information pertaining to the alleged
criminal misconduct by the doctor.
Being charged with
sexual assault or another sex crime can have grave, enduring consequences, not only for
convicted individuals but also for those who are not convicted. This is
particularly relevant to professionals, whose reputation is essential
to their livelihood and whose standing in their community, often acquired
after years of hard work, is an invaluable part of their identity. Besides
these monumental losses, professionals charged with crimes of this nature
may be stripped of their license to work.
This says nothing of the criminal penalties accused individuals must endure
upon conviction. They include but are not limited to extensive incarceration,
expensive fines and years of probation. When apprised of the gravity of
the potential penalties, accused individuals often realize the necessity
of seeking out an attorney with a reputable history of defending accused
individuals against serious criminal charges. With time and practice,
defense attorneys often develop strategies to identify and highlight specious
evidence, signs of police misconduct, instances of rights violations and
the various faults that exist in weak criminal cases. Any one of these
can doom the prosecution's case and absolve the accused individual.
Source: CBS Philly, "NJ doctor accused of having sexual contact with his patients", December 23, 2014