Ricardo Cruciani, who pleaded guilty to assaulting seven women in Pennsylvania, has been charged in New York for repeatedly raping a female patient.
By Laurence Banville
Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, a neurologist whose career spans decades, has been charged for the second time with raping and sexually assaulting his female patients, according to CBS New York. On Wednesday, February 22, 2018, Dr. Cruciani, who now lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on multiple sexual misconduct charges.
The physician is accused of raping a patient repeatedly over the course of seven years, during his tenure at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. He has pleaded not guilty, posting a $1 million bond to be released from custody.
Doctor Pleaded Guilty To Assaulting 7 PatientsThe disgraced physician has been accused of sexual assault and misconduct in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. The doctor was fired from his post at Drexel University, where he served as chair for the neurology department, after an internal investigation into allegations of abuse, NJ.com reports.
Soon after, he was charged by Philadelphia law enforcement officials for assaulting seven of his patients at Drexel, ultimately pleading guilty to the offenses and receiving seven years of probation. Cruciani's medical license was revoked. The doctor was placed on the sex offender registration.
17 Women Accuse Cruciani Of Sexual Assault, RapeDr. Cruciani spent most of his career at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, one of New York's prestigious medical institutions. He became renowned as a pain specialist, often taking patients with complex and intractable disorders that other physicians had been unable to resolve.
At the same time, former patients say, Dr. Cruciani dwas leveraging his renown and expertise to victimize women. At least 17 female patients have now accused Cruciani of assault, including several who were treated by the doctor at Capital Health Medical Center, a facility in New Jersey where the physician worked after leaving Mount Sinai.
Many of Cruciani's accusers say the physician used his prestige and specialization for evil. A number of women who have stepped forward say Cruciani exploited his position of authority to trap them in abusive doctor-patient relationships. At the same time, the former patients have begun to ask difficult questions about how well Dr. Cruciani's behavior was monitored by employers.
Hospitals Under Fire Over Negligence Allegations"These hospitals created this perfect storm of opportunity for him to victimize so many patients," says Hillary Tullin, a former patient who bravely came forward in 2017, reporting Cruciani to a sexual abuse hotline. Tullin's complaint, along with grand jury testimony she delivered two weeks ago, led directly to the current charges against Cruciani, which are being prosecuted by the Manhattan district attorney's office. Tullin gave the Associated Press permission to use her name, saying "this is for all the women he tortured and abused and mistreated."
Mount Sinai Health System has released the following statement:
"We are aware of the criminal charges that have been filed by the Manhattan District Attorney against Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, a neurologist previously employed by Beth Israel Medical Center prior to the hospital becoming part of the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Cruciani's employment with Beth Israel Medical Center ended in 2014. We are deeply disturbed to learn about these charges and have been working closely with the investigation being led by the District Attorney's office. The Mount Sinai Health System is committed to a safe environment for all patients, faculty, staff, students, trainees and visitors."