A gastroenterologist forced a female co-worker to give him oral sex as he drove her home from dinner at a restaurant, a court heard. Dr Arkan Alrashid allegedly attacked the woman while driving her home from a business dinner at a steakhouse in Chicago in February 2019.
The alleged sex attacker is also accused of performing a sex act on the woman with his fingers. He turned himself in on two sex assault charges last Tuesday, and was freed on bail shortly afterwards. Prosecutors failed in an attempt to force Alrashid to wear an electronic monitor at a court hearing Monday.
They have accused Alrashid of attacking four other women, but defense attorneys said the device could interfere with MRI machines at the Alrashid’s hospital, preventing him from working, CBS2 reported.
A judge who set the terms of the doctor’s bail ordered him to surrender his passport and any firearms he owns. He was also barred from contacting his alleged victim or her family, and is due back in court on November 4.
He previously had his medical license suspended for a year in 2003 after apatient in Wisconsin, where Alrashid previously worked, accused him of sexual misconduct.
That woman claimed that Alrashid assaulted her during a July 2000 pelvic exam after she went to see him about a suspected urinary tract infection.
She claimed the medic began kissing her and fondled her after she told him she had depression, and that she was feeling drowsy.
A spokesman for Alrashid’s company GI Partners of Illinois has vigorously denied the charges he faces.
She said: ‘Dr Alrashid denies these allegations and is vigorously defending the charges in court.
‘He has cooperated with the authorities and has retained defense counsel to conduct a rigorous investigation and defense.
‘He is confident the evidence will prove that the accusations are false.’
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