Mesa doctor accused of assault has medical license suspended

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by Natalie Rivers

azfamily.com

Posted on July 1, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 1 at 9:23 PM

MESA, Ariz. - A local doctor accused of assaulting his patients is no longer allowed to practice medicine, at least for now.

The Arizona Medical Board has suspended the medical license of Dr. Gabriel Ogbonnaya.

The order says Ogbonnaya can't practice medicine until the Board completes its investigation into the allegations against the Mesa doctor.

A total of eight women say the doctor has touched them inappropriately.

Mesa police re-arrested Dr. Gabriel Ogbonnaya on additional counts of sexual abuse on June 25.

Ogbonnaya was originally arrested on June 9 after two female patients came forward with reports the doctor touched them inappropriately during office visits. At that time he was still allowed to practice with a licensed female practitioner present in the room.

After the report of the first case, additional victims came forward and gave similar information as to their office visits with Ogbonnaya.

None of the adult female victims are related or friends with each other.

When detectives arrived at Ogbonnaya's office on June 25, the staff refused to unlock the doors from the lobby. Detectives were forced to go over a counter to access the back of the office where Ogbonnaya was found locked in his office.

In a press release, the Board said the suspension was mainly due to the increased number of alleged victims and the seriousness of those recent allegations.

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