OKC Neurologist Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Patients
On Monday, February 24, a neurologist in Oklahoma City pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of four female patients. 62-year-old Kersi Bharucha admitted to inappropriately touching the patients during medical exams at the OU Physicians Building. He pleaded guilty to one charge of second-degree rape and eight counts of sexual battery.
Bharucha was sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years of supervised probation after his release. He is also required to register as a sex offender.
Bharucha was working in the OU Physicians Neurology Clinic. According to a hospital spokeswoman, he hadn’t seen patients at OU Physicians since March 2016.
He was charged with rape after a woman told authorities that he had touched her inappropriately underneath her clothing during an examination and that he put her hand on his genitals.
Three other women eventually came forward to report inappropriate touching by Bharucha. These incidents happened between October 2008 and 2015. One of the women told investigators that Bharucha sexually assaulted her four times.
Justice for Survivors of Sexual Assault by Doctors
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now helps survivors find justice through civil lawsuits. Here is Brian’s perspective on the legal options available to survivors of sexual assault by doctors and other medical professionals:
We all place our trust in medical professionals. Most have earned this trust, but sadly, there have also been many cases of sexual predators in the medical field who have committed heinous crimes of sexual abuse against their patients. These predators exploit their trust in order to commit these crimes. When this happens, the perpetrator must be prosecuted and the victims must be provided with the justice and financial compensation they deserve.
In many cases, victims in doctor sexual abuse cases have grounds for a lawsuit. The perpetrator can be held directly liable, and in some cases, the facility where the abuse happened can also be held liable for failing to prevent the abuse through negligence. For example, a healthcare facility could be considered negligent if they ignored previous complaints of sexual misconduct involving a doctor who was later arrested for sexual assault.
If you or a loved one is a survivor of sexual assault by a doctor, we understand how painful this time has been for you and your family. We want to help you find justice. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by contacting our experienced sexual assault survivors lawyers.
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