A doctor at Lebanon Valley Family Medicine has been charged with inappropriately touching a female patient during an exam last year.
Charges, filed Tuesday, stated that Dr. Samuel Rashid, 59, who practices in Palmyra, touched a patient's breasts and genital area during an exam for a problem with her right leg. She told police she felt compelled to follow Rashid's requests because he was a doctor.
She told North Londonderry Police she later felt the doctor's actions were for self-gratification and not medical purposes.
Six complaints have been filed, either with police or the Department of State, against Rashid since 2002, according to police. Rashid was not disciplined or criminally charged after any of these investigations.
Shirley Dailey, business manager at Lebanon Valley Family Medicine, said her office was aware of the charges.
“There has been an allegations and the legal process is underway. We are taking it very seriously and will fully cooperate with the authorities,” she said.
Dailey would not say if Rashid, who received his medical degree from AIN Shams University in Egypt, was currently employed or practicing at her office.
He is listed on the practice's website. His biography says he performed part of his residency at Pennsylvania State University and Good Samaritan Hospital.
Rashid's lawyer, Horace M. Ehrgood, was not immediately available for comment Thursday afternoon. We left a message at his office.
According to court documents, the allege victim told police she was examined by Rashid on February 3, 2012. She said an assistant took her vital signs and then left the examination room. Rashid then entered the room alone and proceeded to check her heart by placing his stethoscope on her bare back.
The alleged victim said Rashid talked the entire time and did not ask her to take a breath. She said he then place the stethoscope on her right breast and touched her left breast, on top of her bra, with his hand.
During the exam, Rashid allegedly told the woman that she was “a pretty girl.”
The woman told police that Rashid then had her lay on her back and pull down her pants. She left her underwear on but said Rashid placed his fingers underneath her underwear and around her genitals.
When the woman questioned his actions, Rashid said, “I'm checking your pulse,” the woman told police. She told Rashid that the assistant had already checked her pulse.
Rashid later told the woman that her ailment was not a blood clot and that he would fill a prescription for her.
Department of State Spokesman Ron Ruman said he could not comment on any potential previous or current investigations. However, generally speaking, he said State Medical Board investigators and prosecutors will use criminal charges to open investigations.
He said investigators often wait till a criminal case is complete to take disciplinary action. The board's code states that a doctor must be of good moral character and not present a danger to the public.
At this time, no action has been taken in regards to Rashid's license.
Rashid's preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 22 at 8 a.m.