Doctor Accused of Sexually Assaulting Patient During Medical Procedure
Police in Chico have arrested a doctor for allegedly sexually assaulting a female patient during a medical procedure. Dr. Annamalai Ashokan was arrested on Wednesday, January 30 at his office in Chico on Jan Court, near Forest Avenue. He has been charged with felony sexual assault.
An investigation into Ashokan began after police were notified of an allegation of sexual assault. After a long investigation, detectives determined that they had sufficient evidence and probable cause to arrest the anesthesiologist.
Ashokan only practices part-time in Chico, with office hours every other week. His main practice is in Hollister.
As of February 1, there is no information regarding additional victims. Detectives have contacted state health investigators who are in charge of medical licensing investigations.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Assault by Doctors
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil cases. Here is Brian’s perspective on the legal options available to those who have been assaulted by doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals:
We all trust our doctors to provide us with a high standard of medical care and to conduct themselves professionally. While the vast majority of doctors are worthy of our trust, the medical community also has a problem with sexual assault involving doctors and nurses.
Sexual assault is unimaginably traumatizing for victims and those close to them. When the perpetrator is someone trusted like a doctor or teacher, the effects are felt throughout the entire community. These predators must be held accountable for their actions and their victims must get the full support they need and deserve. The criminal justice system handles the prosecution of sex offenders and survivors also may have the right to file a lawsuit against the doctor and/or the facility where the abuse occurred.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault by a doctor or another medical professional, we understand the difficulties facing your family during this troubling time. Our experienced sexual abuse survivors attorneys want to help you find justice. Get in touch with us today to learn more about your legal options in a free consultation.