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Doctor taking leave of absence in wake of charges

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) -

Officials with Lebanon Valley Family Medicine in North Londonderry Township say Dr. Samuel Rashid has taken a leave of absence. He has been on leave since the beginning of the month when an indecent assault charge was filed against him.

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

One of Rashid's patients and neighbors couldn't believe it.

"I never heard nothing bad about him. What else can I say, I am his patient...never done wrong to me that's for sure," Martha Goodling said.

However, 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," and 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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