Former Chicago-area gynecologist, Dr. Bruce Sylvester Smith, has been charged with criminal sexual assault almost a decade after a patient claimed that he sexually assaulted her during a routine prenatal visit, reports the Chicago Tribune.
After repeatedly claiming that there was no sexual contact between he and the patient, he finally admitted to it but claimed that it was consensual. Smith said he initially lied about it to protect his job and his marriage.
Though Smith claims that the patient initiated the contact, records reflect that she contacted a rape hotline on the day that the incident occurred. The victim said that she was too afraid to stop him during the act:
“He’s a doctor, and he’s down there with my baby,” the woman told authorities in 2008.
No action was taken against Smith until several other patient stepped forward over the years and accused him of sexual misconduct. His license was eventually revoked in 2011.
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