Ex-Texas doctor who raped heavily sedated patient in the hospital gets no prison sentence

Dr. Shafeeq Sheikh at his sentencing on Friday.


A former Texas doctor who was found guilty on Thursday of raping a heavily sedated patient will not serve time in prison for his crime.

Shafeeq Sheikh, a former doctor from the Baylor College of Medicine, was sentenced to 10 years of probation on Friday, and to register as a sex offender. A 12-person jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a patient five years prior, the Houston Chronicle.

The members of the jury had recommended the sentence, which the visiting Senior District Judge Terry L. Flenniken was required to follow by law, according to the newspaper.

Sheikh was working in the night shift in Houston Ben Taub Hospital in 2013 as a woman, previously identified as Laura, was admitted for shortness of breath and wheezing. She was in the hospital and stunned when the Sheikh came to her room several times during the night and sexually assaulted her.

The former Baylor doctor received 10 years probation for raping a patient in 2013 at Ben Taub Hospital.

(Houston Police Department)

Laura said that she tried to get help from a nurse, but the call button would not work.


DNA evidence was collected from a rape kit — but it took two years for the charges to be filed against Sheikh. The DNA collected from the former doctor cheek swab to match that in a rape kit.

Surveillance video also captured Sheikh on the ground, where the woman’s room was located. He used his badge to swipe on her floor at least 12 times that night.

“He sought her out. He chose her prey,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder said on Friday condemn. “You know, he is the type of guy that would go in multiple times, testing the waters, seeing how far he could go, and to return to its normal operation after that.”

“You know, he is the kind of guy that ran about two years before he was charged with this… knowing what he did,” she added.

During the trial, the doctor is admitted to the sexual contact with the woman, but insisted it was consensual. His lawyer also pleaded with the jury to show compassion to Sheikh, his wife and children, who also suffer consequences as a result of the 46-year-old actions.

“The dreams of a man, the childhood dream to become a doctor, were shocked by his behavior. He destroyed his own dreams,” Sheikh lawyer Stanley Schneider said. “What he has done for himself and his family is punishment. They are serving his sentence with him. His children are serving his punishment with him.”

Sheikh has already left the hospital. The Texas Medical Board revoked his license in 2015 after they found he was a “continuing threat to the public welfare.”

Laura, now 32, said after the sentencing that she wanted to move on from the incident. She told KHOU11 in 2015 that they are of the opinion that there are other victims.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter via @bykatherinelam

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