KTVU has reported that a San Jose doctor has been accused of sexually assaulting three victims at his office, Crescent Medical Center, located at 2504 Samaritan Dr, San Jose, CA 95124.
In December 2021, 61-year-old Naeem Ul Islam Hashmi was charged with sexually abusing two girls. Both girls claimed the abuse occurred when they were between 12 and 13 years old. Now a former employee has stepped forward with accusations the doctor assaulted her in 2016.
Hashmi is facing four felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, in addition to the recent felony charge of sexual penetration by force.
Attorney contributor Bobby Thompson is an experienced sexual abuse lawyer that represents victims sexually assaulted by their doctors. During a recent discussion, Bobby highlighted when these victims could sue for being sexually assaulted by a doctor.
"The position of physicians and doctors are often respected within our communities, and patients expect that they will act professionally during exams. Unfortunately, some doctors take advantage of their positions of trust and power, putting patients in vulnerable positions during examinations. Patients' safety should be a top priority with medical centers and hospitals. In fact, medical facilities are legally obligated to uphold patients' safety on the property. Security measures, such as easy reporting systems, surveillance cameras, and chaperones during exams, are just a few examples of ways to reduce the risk of preventable dangers, like sexual abuse."
"Medical professionals can be held accountable for their misconduct by filing a case with the criminal justice system. However, victims of sexual assault by a doctor should be aware of the legal alternatives that could entitle them to financial compensation."
"Too often, sexual misconduct by a doctor is often the result of negligence. In some cases, a negligent third party could have prevented the abuse from occurring. For instance, if misconduct accusations were filed but not investigated, this would be considered negligence. Victims of sexual assault should retain the services of an experienced sexual abuse lawyer to learn their legal rights."