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Texas jury convicts doctor of sexually assaulting patient

DALLAS – the Texas doctor accused of sexually assaulting a number of patients, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after he was convicted for assaulting a woman, who with the care for a physical disability.

Donald Ozumba, 45, was found guilty earlier on Friday of aggravated sexual abuse of an older person in a process that Collin County prosecutors said it was one of the most blatant they’ve ever encountered with a doctor of the victim patients.

The verdict came after nearly 10 hours of deliberation. The Collin County jury deliberated about 2½ hours before arrival in the sentence. Ozumba’s lawyer asked the jury to sentence the doctor to probation, while prosecutors asked for a 45-year prison sentence. The jury could have convicted Ozumba to life in prison.

Six other sexual assault cases are still pending against the nigerian-born doctor, who investigators say showed a pattern of abuse.

The researchers said a pattern was beginning in at least 2015, where Ozumba would be a steroid injection to a woman’s pelvic area and then use his hands to massage the affected area for assaulting her, according to Texas Medical Board records.

The board of directors, which accuses Ozumba of sexually assaulting nine patients, and of inappropriate sexual behavior with four others, claiming he also sent sexual texts to some patients and “grinded” against a woman.

His defense attorneys suggested Ozumba the hand deformity may be to blame for an accidental touch.

The medical council suspended Ozumba medical license within a week of his 2017 arrest, a prompt move into a profession that often takes a more forgiving approach. An Associated Press investigation earlier this year showed that when doctors are faced with such accusations are disciplined, a punishment often consists of a short suspension and mandatory therapy.

The felony conviction disqualifies him for a license to practice medicine in the future. He also must register as a sexual offender.

In the process continued this week northeast of Dallas, the victim testified she was treated in a McKinney, a clinic for a physical disability in 2016, when Ozumba used his finger to illegally touch, and repeatedly her penetrate. The women, who in the years ‘ 70, said she froze, abruptly left the office and later contacted the police after a conversation with her husband.

Three other women testified that they were sexually abused by Ozumba under the guise of a medical treatment, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Ozumba’s lawyer, Toby Shook, said that there is not enough evidence for a conviction. He said the victim was misremembering what happened.

“I do not believe that they have a correct memory about what happened,” Shook told jurors during the trial, according to the newspaper.

Similar accusations were levied against other doctors recently, including imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar. He was sentenced earlier this year to tens of years in prison in Michigan after hundreds of women and girls accused him of molesting them under the guise of a medical treatment. Nassar is now facing charges in Texas .

A former doctor accused of sexual abuse of patients, was sentenced this week in Missouri, but still faces other charges. And a number of students have sued Ohio State University over alleged sexual misconduct by a now dead team doctor.

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