SAN BERNARDINO (CBS) — An urgent care doctor accused of sexually assaulting at least two patients pleaded not guilty Thursday morning to eight felony charges.
Dr. Ramon Fakhoury, 35, is facing charges of forcible acts of sexual penetration, sexual battery, assault with the intent to commit felony, and crimes against elder adult, among others.
Authorities say he assaulted two women while they sought treatment at the Loma Linda University Medical Center’s urgent care clinic in July.
Hospital officials immediately placed Fakhoury on administrative leave once they became aware of the situation.
In court Thursday, Fakhoury’s attorney, Courtney Pilchman, argued that her client should still be able to practice medicine in California where he has been licensed for the past six years. Fakhoury also has offices in Norco and Rancho Cucamonga.
A San Bernardino County judge agreed, but ruled that Fakhoury must pay for a state appointed observer to be present in the exam room.
Fakhoury turned himself into San Bernardino Sheriff’s officials Tuesday. His bail was originally set at $1 million, but a judge lowered it to $500,000. Fakhoury is expected to post bail and be released Thursday afternoon.