British Abortion Practitioner Denies He Sexually Abused Teenage Patient

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 22, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

British Abortion Practitioner Denies He Sexually Abused Teenage Patient

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 22
, 2008

Norfolk, England ( — A British physician who does abortions has been accused of sexually abusing a teenage patient after learning she was pregnant and allegedly doing an abortion on her. Rashid Sandhu, who works at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston appeared in court yesterday.

Norwich Crown Court officials heard during the trial that Sandhu massaged a 13-year-old girl’s breasts while claiming he was doing an abortion on her.

According to a BBC report, after the girl approached authorities with the accusations, police found more than 100 images of child pornography on his computer.

The court also heard that Sandhu asked the teenager if he could take a picture of her naked body and made sexual remarks to her.

The BBC indicated the girl and a 15-year-old friend went to the hospital’s emergency room after thinking they may have become pregnant. Tests showed they were not pregnant, and Sandhu prescribed a medication for a urinary tract infection.

Sandhu reportedly called the older teen on the phone after the first visit, said it is possible both teens may be pregnant, and asked them to return to his office for another appointment.

Sandhu reportedly asked the younger teen into a private room and told her she could be pregnant. The teen requested an abortion and police began investigating after she told them Sandhu did an abortion on her.

This isn’t the first time an abortion practitioner has been accused of sexually abusing patients.

Former Oregon Planned Parenthood abortion practitioner George Kabacy pleaded guilty in Washington state in November for engaging in and advertising child porn.

A New York state appeals court ruled in 2007 that Akiva Abraham couldn’t get his medical license back after having sex with a patient at his office and a local hospital.

Court records show that Abraham, who practiced in Clifton Park, was accused of having sex with a 25-year-old patient suffering from anxiety and depression on the same day he was slated to do an abortion on her.

In 2006, British abortion practitioner Benjamin Deodhar received a four year prison term after being convicted on multiple counts of sexually harassing his patients. Deodhar was accused of sexually harassing six patients from a period between September 1991 and December 2004.

In California, Laurence Reich had his medical license revoked in 2005 for molesting patients.

In 2005, Michigan abortion practitioner Rodolfo Finkelstein faced a trial over allegations that he sexually assaulted women following abortion procedures.

In 2004, Ronald Stevenson, of Oregon, was convicted on two counts of inappropriately touching or kissing a patient.

And in 2003, Phoenix abortion practitioner Brian Finkel was convicted of sexually abusing 35 women during examinations and abortions, some of them repeatedly.