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Pa. board takes action against Palmyra doctor

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PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine has taken action against a Palmyra doctor accused of inappropriately touching female patients during exams at a North Londonderry Township medical practice.

As part of a consent agreement approved by the board Tuesday, Dr. Samuel F. Rashid may not exam any female patient without having a chaperone present during the entire examination.

He must also inform each patient of their right to have a chaperone present, and agree to a review of patient records.

Failure to do so would result in the immediate temporary suspension, and ultimate revocation, of his medical license.

According to the consent agreement, the action was taken after Rashid was charged by North Londonderry Township police July 9 with a single count of indecent assault.

According to a criminal complaint, Rashid allegedly touched a patient's breasts and genitals during an exam for a problem with her right leg.

Police on Tuesday filed two additional counts of indecent assault against Rashid for acts that allegedly 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 charging document.

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.

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.

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

Rashid, 59, took a leave of absence from Lebanon Valley Family Medicine after the initial charge was filed against him.

 

The above article previously and incorrectly stated that Rashid's license had been revoked by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. Rashid maintains a current active license and is permitted to practice medicine, but is limited by a condition that he only exam female patients in the presence of a chaperone. We apologize for this error.


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