“During the third appointment, the victim told police that Sabry told her he was going to give her a ‘special pressure point’ treatment he only gives to patients he trusts.”
In the city of Yakima Washington a physician arrested on multiple allegations of rape in 2013 was found guilty this week of sexually assaulting female patients during physical exams.
Doctor Fady Sabry, a 65-year-old Egyptian, had been out on a $1,000,000 bail after the charges set in Yakima County Superior Court.
Sabry had been employed for many years and working at Central Washington Internal Medicine Clinic, operated by Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center. He was suspended in 2013 pending the outcome of the case, according to hospital spokeswoman Debra Yergen.
According to the court record, a total of three victims contacted police with similar stories.
One of the patients – a former employee of the clinic – had three appointments with Sabry for back pain. It was during the third appointment, the victim told police, that Sabry told her he was going to give her a “special pressure point” treatment he only gives to patients he trusts.
Following his instructions and believing it was part of the treatment, the victim removed her underwear and Sabry manipulated her vaginally with his fingers.
Following the incident, the medical assistant said she was repeatedly sexually harassed by Sabry while at work in the clinic. Prosecutors said the victim also provided details of suspicious behavior by Sabry toward other patients.
Another former employee came forward and told police she had seen Sabry for neck pain in 2013. She reported that Sabry instructed her to take off her underwear. He then manipulated her inner thighs and touched her pelvic area while administering a “special treatment” that he asked her not to tell anyone about.
The woman said the same behavior occurred during a second appointment two weeks later. She told police this time that Sabry removed her bra and underwear himself.
The complaints, which were similar to those brought forth by the first patient, resulted in the first charge of second-degree rape against Sabry. Police believed Sabry assaulted the first woman in late August, 2013, during a pelvic exam, which he has admitted had no medical purpose.
In cooperation with police, the victim secretly recorded a follow-up appointment, during which she confronted Sabry about what had happened.
As was documented in court, Sabry was heard making numerous “incriminating admissions,” which confirmed the patient’s account and told her she should “forget the incident.”
In exchange for pleading guilty, the doctor’s charges were reduced to third degree Assault and “Sexual Liberties.” He is scheduled to be sentenced in May and must register as a Sexual predator in the State of Washington.
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