Accusations of sexual assault are not taken lightly. Unfortunately, such accusations are fabricated too often, and rather than being based in actual events. There can be many motivations for someone to falsely accuse another of criminal sexual conduct, among them is money.
Doctors are particularly vulnerable in this regard. Their intentions may be easily misconstrued, either by someone who is overly sensitive, or by someone who considers doctors to be affluent and is after their money.
A New Jersey doctor has recently been charged with sexually assaulting a female patient. In exchange for lowering his bail from $500,000 to $175,000, he has agreed to refrain from practicing medicine. This means that he can no longer maintain his livelihood. It is possible his medical license will be suspended that based on accusations of criminal sexual conduct.
The 61-year-old New Jersey doctor was charged based on the accusation of a woman he treated for back pain on August 31. He maintains his innocence, and he says he is shocked and outraged by the allegations. He says there is absolutely no truth to the sex offense charges against him.
According to the prosecutor, the doctor allegedly admitted to police that he had sex in the examining room with this woman. However, he claimed that the sexual encounter was consensual.
Because no other staff or chaperone was present in his examining room during the time of the patient's visit and alleged sexual assault, this may be a case of "he said, she said." It could also be a case of miscommunication.
Whether the two even had sex is not yet completely clear. If so, whether that sex was consensual may be left for a jury to decide. Regardless of the outcome of the case, his reputation has already been tarnished and his professional career ruined.
Source: NorthJersey.com, "Wayne doctor in sex assault probe has prior conviction," Matthew McGrath and John Petrick, Sept. 14, 2011