“I am a victim… of the disgusting, selfish, and sexually deviant crimes that Kassem Hallak has been accused, tried, and convicted of. This is the worst thing that has ever happened to me and has affected the way I trust doctors and people overall.”
(one victim testifying in court)
In the city of Charlotte Doctor Kassem Hallak showed no emotion in the Eaton County courtroom last week as the judge slapped him with the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for Criminal Sexual Misconduct.
Hallak, whose medical license was suspended in 2011, had been convicted in June on 8 counts of sexual misconduct, after 11 women accused him of inappropriately touching them during the course of examinations.
According to the prosecution, the incidents happened between 2002-2010 at the Charlotte Medical Center and Urgent Care clinic.
Before his sentencing victims were given the opportunity to make final comments in the courtroom. When they had finished, Kelly Morton, the Eaton County prosecutor, said this:
“The victims are satisfied with the result. They’re very pleased that he is going to be spending the maximum amount of time in prison and that he will never be able to practice as a doctor again.”
Elias Muawad, Hallak’s attorney, said the court received more than 50 letters from patients expressing their support for Hallak. Many were in the courtroom Wednesday.
“Even after he’s been convicted he has people that really love him, think that he’s a great doctor, a good human being, a compassionate person,” Muawad said. “I’m very happy to see that support.”
Here’s another view of this case: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20130731/NEWS01/307300073/Charlotte-doctor-sentenced-sexual-assaults-involving-patients
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This physician graduated from Universitatea De Medicina Si Farmacie Victor Babes, in Timisoara.
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