Sunday, November 28

Latino doctor prosecuted in three states faces federal indictment as “serial sexual abuser”

Ricardo Cruciani.

Photo: Philadelphia Police Department / Courtesy

Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, an Argentine-born neurologist already facing charges for raping patients in New York and New Jersey, was arrested Wednesday on new federal charges. claiming it was a serial sexual abuser of women who came to him for help with debilitating chronic pain.

An indictment said that Dr. Cruciani (63), who specialized in rare pain syndromes, abused multiple patients for 15 years at his offices in New York City, Philadelphia, and Hopewell (NJ).

According to the indictment, he attacked female patients who depended on him for care and prescriptions for addictive opioids, converting the massages and cuddles in gradually more invasive physical attacks and sexual demands.

If certain victims refused to engage in sexual acts, he retaliated by referring them to another medical provider who would not prescribe the same combinations or amounts of pain relievers, according to the indictment.

The alleged pattern of abuse in this case is scandalous ”, The attorney for the Southern District of NY, Damian Williams, said in a press release. “Doctors like the defendant take an oath not to do harm. It is difficult to imagine conduct more anathema to that oath than exploiting the vulnerability of patients to sexually abuse them ”.

“Abusive sexual conduct included, among other things, forceful kissing, touching victims’ breasts and genitals, oral sex acts, vaginal intercourse, and attempted anal intercourse,” stated the prosecution.

An attorney for Cruciani did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment. The defendant, who lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, was arrested Wednesday morning in Pocono Pines.

He was under various conditions, including home arrest with location control, delivery of travel documents and a $ 2 million bond, he detailed. NBC News.

Federal charges follow years of public complaints by accusers Cruciani, claiming that authorities in some places were not taking his crimes seriously, particularly in Philadelphia, where he has already pleaded guilty to relatively minor crimes involving seven patients.

Cruciani lost his license to practice medicine and had to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty in Pennsylvania in 2018. Additionally, more out of a dozen women were suing Cruciani and the health systems that employed him.

Prosecutors in New York are asking any other Cruciani victims to report the case by calling (646) 372-0364.

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