More patients come forward alleging sex abuse by Mesa doctor

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PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County authorities say a Mesa cardiologist accused last summer of sexually abusing female patients has been indicted by a grand jury on 61 felony charges.

Dr. Richard J. Lewis was arrested in June by Mesa police on suspicion of two counts of sexual abuse stemming from a pair of women who claimed they were inappropriately touched during medical exams.

In July, Mesa police said the number of victims had grown to 18 and the number of charges Lewis faced at that time had grown to one count of sexual assault, 46 counts of sexual abuse and two counts of assault. The incidents allegedly occurred between October 2008 and June 2009.

The 53-year-old Lewis agreed June 9 to voluntarily suspend his right to practice medicine. He's barred from practicing clinical medicine or any medicine involving direct patient care and is prohibited from prescribing any form of treatment.

It was not immediately clear Tuesday whether Lewis had hired a lawyer.