British Abortion Practitioner Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Teenager

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 30, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

British Abortion Practitioner Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting Teenager

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 30
, 2008

Norwich England (LifeNews.com) — A British abortion practitioner who had been accused of sexually abusing a teenage patient after learning she was pregnant has been found guilty. Rashid Sandhu, who works at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, was convicted of sexually assaulting the girl after lying to her about the pregnancy.

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

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.

Sandhu had pleaded guilty to 17 charges related to the child pornography but denied the sexual assault charge.

On Wednesday, the jury returned a guilty verdict after the eight-day trial completed.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Matt Sharman told the Norwich Evening News, “As with all cases where children are the victims of abuse my thoughts are with the girl involved."

“She and her family have behaved with real maturity throughout the investigation and it is my sincere hope that she can now put the matter behind her," he said.

“Dr Sandhu was working in a position of ultimate trust and he betrayed that trust. His actions may have lasting effects for which it is only right that he should be punished," Sharman added.

Sandhu remains in custody and awaits a sentencing hearing on May 23.

According to an earlier BBC report, 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.

James Paget University Hospital had suspended Sandhu from his position there at the beginning of the case last year.

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.