Convicted Ohio Doctor-Rapist Loses Appeal: Stays Behind Bars

Dr Keith Goldblum escorted from the courtroom

Dr Keith Goldblum escorted from the courtroom

“A new friend of the Defendant’s daughter spending the night for the first time, tied the drawstring of her sweatpants extra tight so she would be sure to wake up if the Defendant tried to touch her, ‘because that’s what might happen when you spend the night at the doctor’s house.’” (Court testimony)

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In the city of Dayton an emergency physician already imprisoned for child rape has had his Appeal rejected by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

The basis of his Appeal is that the Defense contends that there was insufficient evidence to convict him on the Voyeurism charges, and that all of his convictions are against the manifest weight of the evidence.

Doctor Keith D. Goldblum, age 61, who was found guilty in the summer of 2013, is two years into his 21-year sentence. He was convicted of 10 counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a minor including Rape, as well as multiple charges of Voyeurism.

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“This doctor often pulled back the covers of four young girls to look at their genitals and sometimes touch them during sleepovers. This happened over the course of years at two different houses.” (Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor Lynda Dodd)

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According to the Montgomery County Prosecutor, Goldblum assaulted girlfriends of his daughter during sleepovers, over a 10-year period that began in 2002. Investigators believe that all of the crimes took place at Goldblum’s homes in Dayton and Washington Township. It was February 2011 when a parent notified law enforcement of disturbing statements her daughter was making. The girls, from different families, are now aged 18-20.

Goldblum’s arrest originated from a complaint of suspicion of voyeurism to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Other victims came forward during the investigation. Goldblum surrendered voluntarily to law enforcement on May 4, 2012 and his employment by Premier Health Partners was terminated. He had worked as an ER doctor at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Here’s another look:

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/article/2996921

(We thank reader S.A. Native for bringing this Appeal’s case to our attention)

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Virginia MD: Long History of Drug Pushing = Short Stay in Prison. What Else is New?

Dr Nibedita Mohanty

Dr Nibedita Mohanty

A Stafford County physician who confessed last February to being a prescription drug dealer, was sentenced to 4 years in state prison this week in Alexandria Federal Court.

Doctor Nibedita Mohanty, age 56, was found guilty on two counts of Illegal Drug Distribution and one count of Healthcare Fraud. A stunning number of other charges were dropped on condition of a pretrial plea agreement. The charges could have resulted in a 50-year term, but Federal Prosecutor Gene Rossi and defense attorney Peter Greenspun agreed to a three-to-seven year range.

Mohanty, who was the Stafford Hospital Chief of Medicine for the 5-year period prior to her arrest in March 2013, was the subject of an extended investigation by the Stafford Sheriff’s Department and federal investigators.

STAFFORD HOSPITAL

STAFFORD HOSPITAL

Detectives discovered that Mohanty was distributing a number of different prescription narcotics to numerous people with no medical need for the drugs. According to police records, Mohanty routinely supplied narcotics to anybody who asked for them. Witnesses testified they could get any prescription they wanted for $250 cash. She admitted that she often supplied drugs to people she knew were street dealers themselves. Her narcotics of choice were OxyContin, Percocet and Dilaudid.

Mohanty was also in the habit of routinely over-prescribing narcotics for patients who suffered chronic pain. Some patients received prescriptions for as many as 10,000+ pills over two-year periods.

One of the people, Veronica M. Wentzel of King George County, overdosed and died from the drugs she obtained from Mohanty.

The wayward doctor was originally indicted on 93 criminal charges, 90 of which were dropped after federal authorities took charge of the case.

Here’s another view:

https://www.fbi.gov/richmond/press-releases/2015/stafford-doctor-pleads-guilty-to-distribution-of-oxycodone-and-health-care-fraud

SANCTIONS:

Professional Misconduct  (9/25/2013)

  • Action Taken: Suspension
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Virginia
  • Other  (4/11/2013)
  • Action Taken: Summary Suspension
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Virginia

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Our Observations:

Nibedita Mohanty was born and raised in India. She emigrated to the U.S. and – as countless thousands of other foreign-born students – was gifted with an American medical education – in her case, the Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine. She graduated in 1986 and within 20 years learned that U.S. healthcare provides terrific opportunities for cash scams and under-the-table physician crime.

As we say: nothing new.

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Another Immigrant Physician Jailed for Patient Sexual Assault: This One in Kentucky

“He told Patient ‘H’ that there was no charge for office visits on Saturdays, and if she wanted to come in, the office girls wouldn’t have to know.” (Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, document statement)

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Dr Ghias M Arar

Dr Ghias M Arar

In the city of Louisville a physician who was found guilty in April of sexually assaulting female patients was sentenced this morning, during what turned out to be a highly emotional scenario in Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Doctor Ghias M. Arar, a 53-year-old neurologist, convicted on six counts of sexual abuse two months ago, was sentenced by Judge Mitch Perry to three-years in state prison.

Arar’s wife addressed the judge in tears before the sentence was read, pleading that her doctor-husband be allowed to return home. Arar’s attorney had argued that Arar’s patient assault convictions were not serious enough for jail time. He said probation would be more appropriate,  that there was “zero-to-no-risk” that the frisky physician would re-offend.

You may want to go back and read that mentally-tweaked attorney’s – and his name is F. Todd Lewis – statement again.

The prosecutor, on the other hand, argued that Arar was “charitable and fine, right up until he sexually assaults his patients.” And he had plenty of the daffy doc’s DNA evidence to prove his case.

UNDER THE RADAR

Judge Mitch Perry told the court that “it’s a sad day for everybody,” and that he simply could not issue an order for probation.

Arar was initially arrested by the Louisville Police Department on February 22, 2013, on the same day that the first victim spoke with police.

So in the end, another sexual predator skates away on minimal punishment. This particular doctor’s sentence of three years means he will serve six months for each sexual assault.

And people have the nerve to ask us how we became “The Paramedic Heretic.”

ARAR’s SANCTIONS:

Disciplinary action in another state  (9/2/2014)

  • Action Taken: Summary Suspension
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Indiana
  • Sexual Abuse of or Sexual Misconduct with a Patient  (6/26/2014)
  • Action Taken: License Restricted
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Kentucky
  • Sexual Abuse of or Sexual Misconduct with a Patient  (3/22/2013)
  • Action Taken: License Restricted
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Kentucky
  • Sexual Abuse of or Sexual Misconduct with a Patient  (3/8/2013)
  • Action Taken: License Restricted
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Kentucky
  • Unknown  (2/26/2013)
  • Action Taken: License Restricted
  • Summary: Arar, Ghias M MD: License # 32411: NATURE OF COMPLAINT: Unknown at this time. ACTION TAKEN: The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has issued an Emergency Order of RESTRICTION.
  • State: Kentucky

Here’s the detail of this particular lab coat lunatic:

http://www.state.ky.us/agencies/kbml/finalorders/32411.pdf

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Our Observations:

Ghias M. Arar is an Arab immigrant, born and raised in Syria. He attended the University of Damascus / Faculty of Medicine in Syria.

Physicians: The Noble Profession Often Isn’t

Hippocrates

“I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say ‘I know not,’ nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know.

Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter.

May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.”

(The Hippocratic Oath)

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What do you suppose Hippocrates would think of this?

Thousands of Doctors Practicing Despite Errors, Misconduct

Thousands of doctors are able to continue practicing despite records of serious misconduct that puts patients at risk. Many of those doctors have had their clinical privileges restricted or taken away by hospitals, HMOs and other health care institutions, but their state medical boards have taken no action against their licenses to practice.”

(USA Today Investigative Report last summer)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/20/doctors-licenses-medical-boards/2655513/

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Michigan MD in His Second Year of 15-Year Prison Term

“”I am a victim of the disgusting, selfish, and sexually deviant crimes that Kassem Hallak has been accused, tried, and convicted of,” one patient told the court. “This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me and has affected the way I trust doctors and people overall.”

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Dr Kassem M Hallak

Dr Kassem M Hallak

Doctor Kassem Mahmoud Hallak sits behind bars in a Michigan state prison these days, almost exactly two years since he was found guilty on 8 of 11 charges of Patient Sexual Assault. The case was heard in Eaton County District Court, in Lansing.

Hallak, now age 57, was given the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting female patients in a clinic over a 5-year span that investigators believe started in 2006. He had owned and operated Charlotte Medical Center and Urgent Care facility with his wife in the city of Charlotte, southwest of Lansing.

The jury needed less than two days of deliberations to find Kassem’s patient’s accusations believable. Some women testified the doctor touched them inappropriately in the exam rooms. One woman described Hallak having sex with her on the exam table. The youngest victim was 12 years old at the time of her sexual assault. She spoke of visits to Hallak’s office when she was only eight years old. In all, 11 female patients reported being sexually molested by the same physician.

“At the time it happened I figured I could just brush it off and forget about it. Then when I heard more and more of what other women were reporting, I couldn’t hold it in anymore,” one victim said.

One woman testified that Hallak had “spanked and massaged” her after administering an injection.

“He started getting very weird. He wanted me to drop my pants down to my knees. I thought it was a joke, what was going on, because he was laughing. Then suddenly he would get strangely angry.”

Hallak’s medical license has since been revoked by the state of Michigan

Here’s another view:

http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/Trial-Begins-For-Charlotte-Doctor-Accused-of-Sexual-Assault-210144331.html

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Our Observations:

Kassem Mahmoud Hallak is an Arab. He attended Universitatea De Medicina Si Farmacie Victor Babes, Timișoara, in Romania. He graduated in 1983.

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Ohio Doctor/Rapist Freaks Out; Gets Tasered in Courtroom

Dr Jason Connors

Dr Jason Connors

“You were a doctor, and you are evil! You have changed who my child is forever.” (Mother of the child who was raped three times)

In the city of Dayton a physician already found guilty of Rape had to be subdued by police during the sentencing phase of his trial 30 days ago.

Doctor Jason Dean Connors, age 45, was awaiting his sentence for raping a little girl in the town of Moraine when he abruptly began screaming and kicking police officers standing behind him.

At the time of the outburst the child’s mother was addressing the court, reading an emotional victim impact statement. Witnesses reported that Connors was shocked with a police taser at least once before he was eventually restrained.

In a previous hearing in April Connors, an osteopathic specialist, confessed to three counts of Rape and three counts of Gross Sexual Imposition with a child under the age of 13. He was given the maximum sentence of 25 years in Ohio State Prison by Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Michael Krumholtze.  He is also now registered as a “level three” sex offender for life.

According to Sergeant Jon Spencer of the Moraine Police Department, Connors was arrested in Las Vegas on March 28 by U.S. Marshals, the same day that he was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County.

Here’s another look at this particular medical monster:

http://www.pressreader.com/usa/dayton-daily-news/20150422/282003260965331/TextView

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Our Observations:

As is so often the reality, this doctor has been a one-man crime wave for years. A full decade before this case, Connors was found guilty on seven charges of drug dealing – trading narcotic prescriptions for sex with at least three different women.  He lost his medical license to practice osteopathic medicine and surgery:

Conviction relating to controlled substances  (12/17/2004)

  • Action Taken: Revocation
  • Summary: Dr Jason Dean Connors; License # 34007046Nature of Complaint:The Physician has pled guilty to seven counts of Trafficking in Drugs.Action Taken:

    In lieu of further disciplinary action, the Physician has voluntarily surrendered the license to practice medicine, which the Board has accepted as a Revocation.

  • State: Ohio

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