Doctor who assaulted patient gets no prison time

Posted at 4:40 PM, Aug 19, 2018

HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston doctor who was convicted of sexually assaulting a patient won’t serve any prison time.

The punishment has disappointed investigators and raised concerns from a rape victims advocacy group. Dr. Shafeeq Sheikh was sentenced to 10 years’ probation Friday.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the 46-year-old Sheikh admitted he had sexual contact with the woman during the night shift at Ben Taub Hospital in 2013, but told jurors it was consensual. The woman was tethered to machines and being treated for an acute asthma attack.

Prosecutors had sought prison time, while the doctor’s attorneys asked jurors to have mercy.

The victim said through a former attorney that she had no comment on the punishment and wanted to move on. Sheikh’s medical license has been taken away and he must register as a sex offender.

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