In the city of Hartford the Connecticut State Department of Public Health has suspended the medical license of a physician who has been charged with yet another patient sexual assault.
Doctor Manoj K. Saxena, age 45, was originally released from jail on $100,000 bail after his first arrest on May 14. He was taken into custody at that time on charges of second- and fourth-degree sexual assault on an adult woman in a clinic.
Saxena, who lives in Mansfield but works in Norwich, is believed by investigators to have sexually assaulted an 18-year-old unnamed woman while treating her for an injury in March. He was directed to appear in New London Superior Court in August on two similar cases.
And now he is to be tried on yet another case in Norwich Superior Court. According to court officials, this most recent case will likely be transferred to New London Superior Court, where his three other assault cases are being handled.
Detectives believe Saxena molested the female patients he was treating at the Concentra Urgent Care clinic on Connecticut Avenue, located in the Norwich Business Park.
The Norwich Police Department arrested Saxena again on May 14, after another woman reported to them that he had “fondled” her breasts and gave her a pelvic exam when she needed treatment for a bite mark on her arm.
The next day, a second woman contacted Norwich police to report that Saxena had molested her, too, for what was supposed to be a pre-employment physical. The unnamed 19-year-old reported to police that the doctor had fondled her breasts for about 10 minutes. She said that he also wanted her to remove her jeans and panties so he could “fully examine her,” but she refused.
A third patient, a 24-year-old, reported to Norwich police the same physician had molested her during a physical the previous December. She reported Saxena had performed unnecessary breast and pelvic exams on her. She said she decided to come forward after learning of Saxena’s arrest on television.
Saxena was arrested on June 26 for the two most recent cases. He has been arraigned on charges of second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree sexual assault in the reported incidents of December 16 and March 30, and fourth-degree sexual assault in the alleged incident on March 16. He has not yet entered a plea on the fourth allegation.
The state Department of Public Health, in an effort to protect the public while Saxena’s cases are being handled, chose to immediately suspend his license to work as a doctor in the state of Connecticut.
Would that all 50 states show such ethical courage to do the same.
Judge Hillary Strackbein issued protective orders, banning Saxena from contacting any of the women.
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