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Loma Linda University Medical Center doctor arrested for sexual assault

August 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Southern California doctor is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting two patients. The alleged incidents happened at the Urgent Care East Campus of Loma Linda University Medical Center. Investigators suspect there may be more victims.

Two women have come forward to accuse the doctor of sexual assault. The first was a 32-year-old woman; the second, a 68-year-old woman. Both incidents are alleged to have take place at Loma Linda University Medical Center's East Campus Urgent Care Center in July.

Ramon Fakhoury, 35, has been licensed to practice medicine in California for six years. And for some time now, he's been a part-time attending physician at Loma Linda University Medical Center's East Campus Urgent Care Center.

Not anymore though. His medical privileges have been suspended after he was charged with eight felony counts, including sexual battery, and forcible acts of sexual penetration.

Detectives aren't saying exactly what happened to the two women.

"It was an extremely uncomfortable situation, obviously, for both of the victims. They were both conscious during the examination when this occurred, and I think they were not only shocked by what occurred, but frightened as well," said San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

Detectives say both women reported the incidents to hospital staff, who then told police.

The hospital released a statement: "As a health care institution, providing a safe environment is a commitment we make to our patients and their families, as well as our staff. Concerning this incident, we took all the necessary steps to assure that we uphold this commitment. We will continue to do so as the investigation goes on."

Fakhoury also had two of his own practices, one in Norco, the other in Rancho Cucamonga. Investigators believe there is the potential for other victims.

If you have information related to the case, contact the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department at (909) 387-3545.

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