According to ABC7 Chicago, a doctor who practices medicine in Libertyville, IL, has been charged for the sexual assault of a former co-worker.
Dr. Arkan Alrashid, 55-years-old, faces charges of two counts of sexual assault. Alrashid is said to have met the woman and others for a business dinner. After dinner, the woman was en route to Alrashid’s home, where she left her car. During the drive back to his house, the woman claims Alrashid sexually assaulted her.
A statement released on Alrashid’s behalf by GI Partners of Illinois, LLC, where Dr. Alrashid is the president, stated he maintains his innocence and will plead not guilty to the charges.
Alrashid posted a $5,000 bond and is expected to return to court on November 4th.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent, an experienced sexual abuse lawyer, licensed in Illinois, has represented many sexually abused victims by a doctor. Below, Brian provides commentary on the legal rights of victims sexually abused by a doctor.
“We trust doctors and expect them to be respectful and professionally carry themselves. Unfortunately, some doctors abuse their positions of power and trust. These doctors exploit people’s vulnerability through sexual abuse and assault. However, these medical professionals are held accountable for their actions through the criminal justice system. Victims of these acts should know their legal options to receive justice.”
“Medical facilities have a legal obligation to uphold the safety of their patrons. Sexual misconduct by doctors is often the result of negligence. In some cases, the employer could be considered negligent for failing to prevent sexual abuse. For example, if previous misconduct complaints were filed against a doctor, but they were not investigated. In negligence cases, victims should consult an experienced sexual abuse lawyer to learn their rights. Victims may have grounds to file a lawsuit and receive compensation for their abuse.”