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Doctor charged with sexually assaulting patients during exams

August 31, 2011 | 11:39 am

Fakhoury booking photoA doctor at the Loma Linda University Hospital urgent care facility has been charged with sexually assaulting patients, authorities said Wednesday.

Ramon Fawzi Fakhoury, 35, of Norco, has been charged with eight felony counts related to the assaults, which allegedly occurred since July, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

A 32-year-old patient told investigators that in July she went to the urgent care to seek treatment for chest pain and was seen by Fakhoury. Two days later, she reported that she had been sexually assaulted during the exam, the Sheriff’s Department said.

During the investigation that followed, a another doctor at the clinic told detectives that a 68-year-old patient at the clinic alleged to have been sexually assaulted by Fakhoury during an exam.

Fakhoury is contracted to work part time for the university hospital, but is not a full-time physician at the facility. He also has medical offices in Rancho Cucamonga and Norco.

Fakhoury is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and his bail has been set at $1 million.


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Photo: Ramon Fawzi Fakhoury. Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department