A 59-year-old Allegany County physician charged with a fourth-degree sex offense along with a charge of unnatural or perverted practice has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The charges stemmed from an allegation made by a 41-year-old woman who has stated that the doctor allegedly sexually assaulted her while she was under his care at the MedExpress Urgent Care Center.
According to a May 29 article from The Baltimore Sun, the woman told investigators from the Allegany County sheriff's office that after a nurse at the facility left the room, the doctor entered the room and locked the door behind him. He then proceeded to allegedly sexually assault her.
The allegations follow a reported 1987 criminal conviction for which the doctor served 3 ½ years after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in Florida at gunpoint. Although he was initially sentenced to 10 years in prison, he was released in 1991.
The doctor's medical license was suspended last week following a review by the Maryland Board of Physicians. The doctor has also been fired from his position at MedExpress. A jury trial has been set for the case in September.
A charge of sexual assault against a defendant can have serious consequences such as damage to reputation and to a defendant's personal and professional life if they are convicted. They could not only face a stiff prison sentence, but may also have to register as a sex offender upon their release. An experienced Maryland criminal attorney may be able to assist a defendant by working with him or her to provide a strong criminal defense.
Source: Cumberland Times News, "Local Doctor Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Offenses" No author given, Jun. 10, 2014