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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.

announced Friday afternoon that more charges have been filed against an Advocate Christ Medical Center doctor

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.

Nana June 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Why would a woman think an SUV is an apprpriate place to discuss medical records? Give me a break! I've worked with him fir years & find him kind & compassionate and a great sense of humor. Sounds like someone was desperate for money in this lovely economy!!! Hope they do financial and character backgrounds on these two people making these life altering allegations!!!!!!!!!
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I think S.R.'s comment is fine, anthony. S.R. is entitled to his/her opinion, unless there's some other obscene and immoral comment that I missed and was deleted. Generally speaking, I do think that when a person is ill or subjected to continued emotional, verbal or physical abuse, you don't always make the right judgement calls, e.g. staying with a man that beats you up all the time. The facts of this case are not all out and Dr. Prakash has only been accused, not convicted.
anthony June 23, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Your comments i find co dependent. The idea that professionals are immune to misconduct is a form of tribalism... The idea that victims need to prove something is absurd... But here is the real outrage With health care so expensive people have the idea its ok to spend 32% of the GDP ON HEALTHCARE Another Sandusky's wife....
anthony June 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM
thank you for reminding me colorful adjectives can sometimes go to far...Besides i been overusing those 2
Nana June 23, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Thank you Lorraine! Obviously you are someone who respects others opinions and have an open mind! You are correct, there were no obscene or immoral comments. Just wanted to say accusations have ruined lives, and a person used to be tried before being found guilty.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) June 24, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Group hug, everybody.

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