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More women report sexual assaults by Lebanon doctor

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PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police have filed additional charges against a Lebanon doctor accused of inappropriately touching female patients during exams at a North Londonderry Township medical practice.

Township police on Tuesday charged Dr. Samuel F. Rashid with two counts of indecent assault for alleged acts that occurred at Lebanon Valley Family Medicine since 2008.

One former patient told police that she was 13 years old when Rashid rubbed her breast under her bra during an examination for a possible ear infection, according to the criminal complaint.

She told police that Rashid called her a "pretty girl" and his "favorite patient," that he kissed her on the cheek prior to the exam, and that he blocked her mother's view during the exam, the document states.

The teen said she told her mother what happened after the exam, and her mother complained to a nurse manager who promised to speak to Rashid. The mother was later told that Rashid described the incident as a "misunderstanding," the document states.

Another patient told investigators that Rashid asked her to lie on the examination table so that he could "check for devices." She said he then ran his hand along the inside of her thigh and touched her genitals through her pants, according to the complaint.

The patient told police that during another exam, Rashid touched her breast without notice or consent, purportedly to check on a mole that she had not mentioned, the document states.

Rashid, 59, was previously charged July 9 with a single count of indecent assault for allegedly touching a patient's breasts and genitals during an exam for a problem with her right leg.

At the time, authorities reported that six complaints had been filed against Rashid since 2002, either with police or the Pennsylvania Department of State.

According to the latest court documents, 19 victims so far have reported incidents where they were sexually assaulted by Rashid since 1999.

Lebanon Valley Family Medicine officials have said they are taking the allegations seriously and are fully cooperating with authorities.

Rashid is still listed as a provider on the practice's website. According to his biography, he received his medical degree from AIN Shams University in Egypt and has been board certified in family practice since 1993.

 

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