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An anesthesiologist in Chico, California has been accused of assaulting a patient during a medical procedure. Dr. Annamalai Ashokan was arrested in January 2019 at his office on Jan Court, near Forest Avenue. The doctor faces one count of felony sexual assault for the alleged misconduct. After being booked, Ashokan was released on bail.
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Hollister Doctor Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
Dr. Annamalai Ashokan has been accused of assaulted a patient, but this is not his first brush with the law. In 2000, the doctor was accused of maintaining an inappropriate relationship with a patient. He was placed on five years probation by the California Medical Board, during which time he was required to be accompanied by an assistant while treating women. He completed his probation in 2006. His license was active at the time of the most recent alleged assault.
According to medical board records, Ashokan's license was suspended in connection to a series of incidents occurring in 1999 at his Hollister office. A female patient accused the anesthesiologist of misconduct after seeking out treatment for back pain. In a report to the California medical board, the woman said she received an injection of pain medication from Ashokan, becoming dizzy and nauseated as a result. While she was lying on the table, Ashokan reportedly told her that she was "beautiful and very attractive," then asked if she was single. The doctor continued, the report claims, to "caress" the patient's hand and midriff, while rubbing his genitals on her arm. After this interaction, the woman and Ashokan made plans to meet later that night. The two met at Ashokan's home, where they engaged in sexual intercourse.
Despite questions over whether or not the sexual conduct was consensual, any form of sexual contact between a doctor and a patient is considered misconduct under the law. The law recognizes that doctors hold considerable power over their patients, and can abuse this trust and authority for devious ends. In civil courts, sexual contact between a doctor and his or her patient is considered a form of medical malpractice. Victims of this form of misconduct may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Authorities say Dr. Ashokan maintained two offices, one in Hollister and another in Chico. He worked in Chico on a part-time basis, coming into the city every other week. His main office is in Hollister.