In 2001, a female patient of Hussam Armashi, an anesthesiologist of Spring Hill, Florida, came forward claiming he had sexually abused her multiple times while she was under sedation. The accusations shocked the community, with many of his other patients saying they could not believe the accusations. The police investigation revealed other possible victims, although only one filed charges. A lawsuit was also filed, possibly by the same victim who filed criminal charges, alleging that Armashi had drugged and raped her, resulting in a pregnancy, and that he then made threats to keep her coming back to the office.
The criminal charges were dropped in the 2001 cases, with victims seeking resolutions in civil court. However, in 2005, Armashi was again arrested on similar charges. After posting bail, the doctor fled the country under the guise of caring for his mother in his home country of Syria.