Fox Chapel doctor faces new charges of indecent assault

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A primary care physician charged with inappropriately touching two female patients now faces additional charges brought by two more women.

Raja Chakrapani, 59, of Fox Chapel was arraigned Monday on two counts each of indecent assault and a count each of harassment, a summary offense.

A preliminary hearing on all three sets of charges is tentatively scheduled for Monday. Dr. Chakrapani's medical license has been suspended pending the cases' outcomes.

In the latest allegations, Dr. Chakrapani is accused of inappropriately touching two more women, one in his Swissvale office and another in his West Mifflin location.

According to a criminal complaint, one woman told Allegheny County police detectives that Dr. Chakrapani inappropriately touched her breasts in 2011. In the other case, the woman said the doctor rubbed up against her and tried to kiss her during an examination, detectives wrote in a second complaint.

Defense attorney Patrick J. Thomassey on Monday maintained his client's innocence.

"Dr. Chakrapani did absolutely nothing wrong. He did standard examinations of these alleged victims," he said.

Mr. Thomassey said the four women in these three cases continued to see Dr. Chakrapani after the alleged inappropriate contact occurred. All four know each other, he added, and it "feels like they're working together."

Dr. Chakrapani had sent two of the women a letter saying he would no longer be their provider when they started "making demands" that he wouldn't meet, Mr. Thomassey said.

Asked about a motive, Mr. Thomassey said he wasn't sure but suggested it could be because the doctor stopped supplying them prescription medications.

White Oak and Allegheny County police began investigating the private-practice physician when the first two women came forward to report inappropriate touching and rubbing during office visits between August 2012 and July at R.C. Medical Associates in White Oak, county police said.

In those charges filed in July, two women reported that Dr. Chakrapani rubbed against their bodies while they were on the exam table and touched them inappropriately in other areas on multiple occasions.

All four women said the incidents occurred when they were alone with Dr. Chakrapani in the exam room.

The doctor has offices in White Oak, Swissvale, Turtle Creek and West Mifflin. A police affidavit states Dr. Chakrapani's fifth office is at UPMC Mercy.

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First Published September 23, 2013 3:00 PM


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