The City of Riverside reported that Dr. Sam Sannoufi, the owner of Timeless Skincare Laser Clinic and Primary Care Family Practice located at 6900 Brockton Ave #10, Riverside, CA 92506, found himself in further legal trouble after additional victims came forward with similar allegations of sexual assault against him. The renowned doctor, residing in Newport Beach, CA was initially arrested on June 27, 2023, by Detectives from the Riverside Police Department's Sexual Assault – Child Abuse (SACA) Unit, following an investigation into the claims of a victim who stated she was sexually assaulted during a consultation exam.
The arrest sent shockwaves through the community and raised serious concerns about the safety and well-being of patients seeking medical care at his clinic. Dr. Sannoufi's bail was set at an astonishing one million dollars, and he was released pending further legal proceedings.
However, the investigation into Dr. Sannoufi's alleged misconduct didn't stop there. Authorities continued to delve deeper into the matter, urging potential victims to come forward. As a result, yesterday, July 7th, 2023, Dr. Sannoufi was rearrested in Newport Beach on fresh charges related to sexual assault crimes. Law enforcement officers swiftly took him into custody and subsequently booked him into the Robert Presley Detention Center. The severity of the allegations led to a decision to hold Dr. Sannoufi without bail, signifying the seriousness of the situation.
In the wake of the shocking news surrounding a doctor's alleged sexual assaults, see sat down with Bobby Thompson, Esq., a distinguished sexual assault attorney specializing in cases involving medical professionals, to shed light on what victims sexually assaulted by a medical doctor can do with a civil case against those accountable.
Darla: Thank you for joining us today, Mr. Thompson. Given your experience, could you enlighten our readers on the typical challenges victims face in cases involving sexual abuse by medical practitioners?
Bobby Thompson, Esq.: Thank you for having me, Darla. It's crucial to understand that victims of medical doctor sexual assault often confront unique hurdles. Firstly, there's the emotional trauma and fear of retaliation, which can hinder victims from coming forward. Additionally, medical institutions may try to protect their reputation, making it difficult for survivors to seek justice. That's where experienced legal representation becomes crucial, as it can help victims navigate these complexities with support and tenacity.
Darla: Absolutely, Mr. Thompson. In such cases, what legal options do victims have to pursue justice and hold those accountable?
Bobby Thompson, Esq.: Victims of medical doctor sexual assault have several legal avenues to explore. One of the most common paths is through a civil lawsuit. Such lawsuits aim to seek compensation for the harm and damages inflicted upon the survivor. Civil cases can also shine a light on the issue, prompting the necessary changes in medical institutions to prevent future occurrences.
Darla: How can victims determine if they have a valid civil case against the medical practitioner?
Bobby Thompson, Esq.: Each case is unique, and it's essential for victims to consult with an experienced attorney who can assess the circumstances and evidence. Generally, if there's evidence of sexual misconduct, inappropriate behavior, or negligence by the medical professional, it could warrant a civil lawsuit. Timeliness is crucial, as statutes of limitations apply, limiting the timeframe within which legal action can be taken.
Darla: For victims who might be hesitant to come forward, what message would you like to convey?
Bobby Thompson, Esq.: To any victims who may be uncertain about seeking justice, I want them to know that they are not alone. Our legal system is designed to protect survivors and hold wrongdoers accountable. Coming forward is a courageous step towards healing and ensuring that such behavior doesn't recur. There are compassionate legal professionals ready to provide support and fight for their rights.