Saturday, 8 April 2017

Nigerian orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Donald Okechukwu Ozumba arrested in Texas, US for sexual assault


Nigerian orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Donald Okechukwu Ozumba has been arrested by McKinney police, Texas on suspicion that he sexually assaulted two female patients while they were under his care.
Dr. Donald Okechukwu Ozumba, 44, faces two charges of sexual assault, according to court records. McKinney police arrested him Friday, March 31, and booked him at the Collin County Jail, where his bail was set at $50,000.

However, his family has denied the allegation. A statement issued to  NBC5, on Monday,  reads:
"We flatly deny each and every false allegation and are confident that the legal system will vindicate Dr. Ozumba. We appreciate the support from our local and global community."

According to Dallas News, one of the women went to his office last week to be treated for a sports injury. She told police that the doctor exposed half of her genitals to check for internal fluid and told her he needed to rub in the medication he had injected under her left hip.
Ozumba massaged the area, then penetrated the woman's genitals with his fingers and massaged her inside, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. The woman's husband was sitting behind the doctor but couldn't see what was happening , police said.
The woman told police that she contacted another doctor after the visit and asked whether what Ozumba had done was normal procedure. The second doctor informed her that Ozumba was "absolutely not supposed to penetrate her vagina," according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Shortly after the visit, Ozumba asked the woman to download a messaging app and sent her a text asking what her favorite part of the procedure was, according to the affidavit.
The woman told police that she texted him back with a message that said "Not receiving a script," then deleted the app. Ozumba continued to text the woman and asked her to come back in, according to police.
Another woman reported a sexual assault to McKinney police in August that occurred during an appointment with Ozumba the same month, records show. According to an arrest warrant, she said she had gone to the doctor to get a shot for a physical disability.
Police believe that there may be other victims who were embarrassed to come forward. Now, they are urging anyone who was treated by Dr. Ozumba and was sexually abused to come forward.

According to his website, Dr. Ozumba participates in medical mission trips to his native Nigeria.

“He co-founded the Center for Advanced Specialty Surgery based in Lagos, with a mission to improve the quality of life by advancing the practice of orthopedics and other surgical specialties through investment, education, skills transfer, and providing the highest quality of care one patient at a time,” the website states.
He has since been released on bail pending the starting of the court case.

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