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Despite sex charges, doctor can continue seeing female patients

September 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A local doctor arrested on sexual assault charges will be allowed to continue seeing female patients, but with a condition. There must now be a female registered nurse in their presence at all times.

Dr. Ramon Fakhoury, 35, continues to see patients at his Norco office. An employee told Eyewitness News that she believes the charges brought against Fakhoury are based on false information. She also said she believes that Fakhoury is an innocent man.

Fakhoury is charged with sexual assault on two women. One is a 32-year-old; the other a 68-year-old. Detectives say both incidents happened in July at the Urgent Care Center on Loma Linda University's east campus.

Since Fakhoury has posted bond, a Superior Court judge says he does have the right to continue to see female patients inside his office as long as they are accompanied by a female registered nurse.

The Riverside District Attorney's Office had objected to this, but Fakhoury's attorney, Courtney Pilchman, says it's fair.

In a statement, Pilchman said: "He is a good doctor. He is a good man. These are very serious allegations, but they're just not true."

Fakhoury will not be practicing at Loma Linda University Medical Center. The hospital referred Eyewitness News to the same statement they sent out on Aug. 31: "At present, the physician is no longer employed by Loma Linda University Family Medicine Group, and his medical staff privileges at the medical center are suspended."

Fakhoury's attorney said that they've received a number of phone calls showing support for the doctor.

However, the Medical Board of California is asking that his medical license be suspended. There is a hearing on that issue set for September 23.

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