Advocate Christ Doc Faces More Sex Abuse Charges After Second Woman Steps Forward
Dr. Rajat Prakash charged with felony criminal sexual abuse after a second female patient stepped forward.
Oak Lawn Police announced Friday afternoon that more charges have been filed against an Advocate Christ Medical Center doctor who has already been accused of touching a female patient inappropriately.
Dr. Rajat Prakash, 46, of Oak Brook, was charged with one felony count of criminal sexual abuse by force on May 2.
Following a misdemeanor battery charge that he had fondled a 32-year-old woman with multiple sclerosis while she was in a semi-conscious state, Oak Lawn police said another woman came forward a few days after charges were filed on Feb. 15.
According to police, Prakash and the second female patient met during the evening of Nov. 1, 2011 in his SUV to discuss her medical information in a parking lot at 10301 S. Cicero Ave.
Police said that Prakash locked the SUV’s doors and touched the woman's private areas without her consent. The physician is also alleged to have grabbed the woman’s hand and placed it on his penis. The woman told police she was able to leave the SUV.
Following further police investigation, a Cook County prosecutor re-interviewed the second woman at the Oak Lawn police station. Prakash also arrived with his attorney, police said.
After reviewing the case, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office approved the felony charge of criminal sexual abuse against the doctor. Prakash appeared at the 5th District Cook County Court on Thursday. A bond for the physician was set at $25,000 by Judge Terrance Smith.
Prakash was placed on administrative leave at the medical center following the misdemeanor battery charge in February. Police said he is no longer associated with Advocate Christ.