Bloomington surgeon Dr. Shaun Kink has been charged with sexually assaulting one of his patients after unexpectedly showing up at her home. The 36-year-old surgeon has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault and abuse of a person with a disability, criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and criminal sexual abuse.
The woman filed an order of protection against Kink on January 3, nearly two weeks before he was arrested on sexual assault charges. In this request, the woman reported that Kink had performed surgery on her and the petition listed Kink as a “personal caregiver to the disabled petitioner.”
According to the alleged victim, Kink came to her home in Bloomington unannounced in early December. She “thought he could be there offer support for the struggles (she) was having with (her) bills.” She let him inside of her home and he then allegedly sexually assaulted her.
The woman’s petition states that “After he finished, he told me he would get my disability paperwork going for me. And when he left out of the back door, he told me, ‘Shh, this is a secret.'”
The woman also reported that Kink groped her breast in an “obviously purposeful” way during multiple medical appointments following her surgery, going back to at least August of 2019.
The emergency order of protection was accepted and a separate protection order was entered following the filing of the criminal case against Kink on January 15.
Prior to his arrest, Kink worked at several medical facilities in the Bloomington area. He has been removed from the list of physicians at McLean County Orthopedics, has been placed on leave from OSF HEalthCare St. Joseph Medical Center, and his privileges have been suspended at Advocate Health Care.
Kink is currently free on bond and has a court appearance scheduled for March 2.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent is an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer who has represented numerous clients in civil lawsuits against predatory doctors and negligent healthcare facilities. Here are some of his thoughts on the legal rights of doctor sexual assault victims:
Predatory doctors who sexually assault their patients traumatize their victims and exploit the trust of not only their victims, but the community at large. These predators must be held accountable for their crimes and can face consequences in both criminal and civil courtrooms. Along with the criminal penalties they may face, these predators can often be sued by their victims.
Victims of doctor sexual assault often have grounds for a lawsuit against their doctors. In some cases, medical facilities can also be held liable if their negligence enabled the abuse – such as ignoring previous complaints of inappropriate behavior or sexual misconduct involving the doctor.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault by a doctor, our experienced sexual assault victims lawyers are prepared to help you find justice. You can learn more about your legal rights by contacting us for a free consultation.