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Third state indicts ex-neurologist on sexual violence against

The Mercer County Prosecutor charged Ricardo Cruciani, 63, with eight counts of second-degree sexual assault and seven counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact for assaulting women for more than two years time, while he was a chief neuroscientist at a health center in Hopewell Township.

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A former neurologist, is indicted on 15 counts of sexual assault against who accuse him of abuse of seven female patients in New Jersey.

The Mercer County Prosecutor charged Ricardo Cruciani, 63, with eight counts of second-degree sexual assault and seven counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact for assaulting women for more than two years time, while he was a chief neuroscientist at a health center in Hopewell Township, NJ.com reported.

Cruciani previously faced charges in New York and Pennsylvania. All told, at least 17 women over the three states have been accused of Cruciani of sexual misconduct dates back at least twelve years.

At the end of 2017, Cruciani plead guilty to groping women at a Philadelphia clinic, the report said.

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Some of the women in the New Jersey case were also involved in New York and Pennsylvania cases, the Mercer County Prosecutor said.

The statement said Capital Health Institute of Neuroscience, in Hopewell, and found no evidence of complaints of sexual misconduct against Cruciani, and it was dedicated to the investigation of all complaints brought forth by patients or our employees.”

“We are deeply shocked by these allegations and they began investigating as soon as we became aware of them by means of messages in the media,” a Capital Health spokesman said in an e-mail to NJ.com.

Women who alleged being sexually abused by Cruciani said that she felt she had no choice then but to continue seeing the Ivy League-trained neurologist who specializes in rare, complex disorders that produce debilitating pain.

Trapped in a body that doesn’t work, the women said, they looked at Cruciani as their only hope of getting better — and claimed that he knew it, and took advantage of their desperation.

NJ.com could not immediately reach Cruciani lawyer for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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