Doctor indicted on charges of sexually assaulting patients at VA hospital in Georgia
Stars and Stripes May 5, 2023
A doctor who worked at a Veterans Affairs medical center in Georgia is accused of sexually assaulting at least four patients, the Justice Department said in a statement Thursday announcing his indictment.
Rajesh Motibhai Patel, 68, is charged with violating patients’ bodily integrity and engaging in unwanted sexual contact, said the statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia.
Patel is accused of improperly touching four female patients during routine exams between 2019 and 2020 at the VA hospital in Decatur, Ga., the statement said.
He worked as a primary care doctor there from Dec. 13, 2015, to Feb. 4, 2020, court documents unsealed Friday said.
The hospital reassigned Patel to a job without patient interaction, according to a VA statement Monday.
He is accused of acting under color of law, a legal term that refers to crimes committed in the guise of official duties.
At a hearing last week, Patel pleaded not guilty, according to court documents.
Prosecutors said there may be other victims, and they are asking the public to call the VA inspector general’s tip line at 770-758-6646.