Medical Sex Abuse

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Archive for July, 2016

Fertility Doctor Still Practicing Despite No Contest Plea to Sexual Battery

Posted by Megan Ferguson on: July 13th, 2016

A fertility specialist in Provo, Utah had his license suspended and originally faced 21 counts of forcible sex abuse after an investigation revealed multiple female clients and employees who alleged inappropriate behavior on the doctor’s part. Dr. Larry Andrew was accused of inappropriately touching patients during treatments at his fertility clinic and forcing female employees to give him prostate exams.

At trial in August 2007, Andrew pleaded no contest to reduced charges which resulted in a sentence of one year in county jail and two years of probation. He was not required to register as a sex offender and kept his medical license. He is still practicing in the Provo area at the East Bay Fertility Center.

Workers’ Comp Doctor Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

Posted by Megan Ferguson on: July 12th, 2016

A physician in Sacramento was arrested for allegations of sexually assaulting three women who were patients seeking examinations related to workers’ compensation claims. Dr. Scott Dodd Anderson worked at the U.S. HealthWorks clinic at the time the assaults took place.

During the investigations, charges stacked up against the doctor, who was accused of 26 felony counts and 15 misdemeanor counts of abuse against a total of five victims who came forward. Some of these charges were dropped before trial due to insufficient evidence. During the first trial, the jury acquitted the doctor of two counts against him but could not reach a verdict on the remaining counts, so a mistrial was declared.

The second trial resulted in Dr. Anderson being convicted of six counts of sexual abuse. He received one year in jail, followed by five years of probation; he was required to register as a sex offender, and his license to practice medicine in California was revoked.

Additional Information

The Sacramento Bee April 6, 2010

The Sacramento Bee April 7, 2010

KCRA August 26, 2010

The Sacramento Bee November 13, 2010

Sacramento Fox 40 October 23, 2012

The Sacramento Bee October, 24 2012

The Sacramento Bee November 6, 2012

The Sacramento Bee November 7, 2012

The Sacramento Bee May 23, 2013

Sentencing

 

Allentown Plastic Surgeon Settles Lawsuit Alleging Sexual Assault

Posted by Megan Ferguson on: July 6th, 2016

A civil suit and formal complaint to the Medical Board of Pennsylvania were filed against plastic surgeon Dr. John Altobelli, claiming that he made unwanted sexual advances during a post-operation appointment. The Allentown doctor was accused of inappropriate touching and kissing the victim, as well as suggesting they begin an affair. The victim alleged that the doctor called her twice a few days later and verbally harassed her. The lawsuit, brought by the victim and her husband, sought a total of $400,000 in damages and was settled before going to trial. Dr. Altobelli’s Pennsylvania license was put on probation, and he was asked to surrender his New York license.

Indiana Podiatrist Faces Charges of Voyeurism

Posted by Megan Ferguson on: July 6th, 2016

In December 2012, a doctor in Richmond, Indiana was arrested on charges of voyeurism after a video camera was discovered in a female employee restroom. Brian Altman was caught after an employee noticed a red flashing light which led her to discovering the hidden camera; additional investigating revealed software on the doctor’s computer, as well as footage of the camera being positioned and at least one victim. He was released after posting bail, but then failed to show up to a hearing which caused a warrant to be issued for his arrest. He was found in Texas sometime later and brought back to face the charges against him. In July 2014, Altman admitted to the charges in court and was originally sentenced to one and a half years in jail, but the sentence was suspended and he was put on probation instead. His medical license in the state of Indiana was suspended for a period of seven years starting in 2015. His license to practice medicine in Ohio was revoked following a conviction of Aggravated Disorderly Conduct as a result of stalking his ex-girlfriend.

Multiple Victims Come Forward Against Rowland Heights Doctor

Posted by Megan Ferguson on: July 6th, 2016

In September 2008, Dr. Wazir Nadir Ali was arrested in Rowland Heights due to allegations of sexual assault on patients. Two women originally came forward claiming the doctor assaulted them during examinations, using the exams as pretext for the assaults. The publicity of the first two victims’ claims prompted more victims to bring forward their accusations. In all, Dr. Ali was charged with six counts of penetration with a foreign object and two counts of sexual battery. While he originally denied the charges, he eventually accepted a plea deal which dismissed the counts of sexual penetration, limiting his sentence to just three years of probation and registering as a sex offender. While the sentence was lightened due to the plea deal, having to register as a sex offender prompted the Medical Board of California to demand a revocation of his license to practice medicine in the state.

El Cajon Doctor Convicted, Medical License Revoked

Posted by Megan Ferguson on: July 6th, 2016

Dr. Nasser Alavi, of El Cajon, California, faced sexual assault charges in late 2004 after one of his patient came forward accusing him of inappropriate conduct over the span of a few months. The patient was being treated by the doctor for about four months for various ailments following a referral from her insurance company. The charges included multiple counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual penetration with a foreign object. Despite a not guilty plea, he was eventually convicted and his medical license was revoked in 2006.