Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
White County Doctor Under Scrutiny Again
A clip of the Hamilton County Family Clinic appears in this video. Dr. Chhabra is not associated with the clinic; he only leased space in the same building.
WSIL -- A White County doctor who was cleared of sexual assault charges is in hot water again. Dr. Jogendra Chhabra's license remains suspended after new allegations of professional misconduct.
Dr. Chhabra's license was originally suspended in March 2012. Regulators say he violated a state law that requires the use of a chaperone for any doctor charged with a serious crime. Now that he's been cleared of that crime, the state is raising other misconduct issues.
It was not something Chhabra was expecting when he sat down for an interview with News 3 nearly three weeks ago. Rather, there was a sense of relief. After six months of waiting, White County State's Attorney Denton Aud had dismissed counts of criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse against him, after a hung jury in February couldn't make a decision.
"I do not have any animosity or any ill will against anybody, I just want to pick up my life and start serving my patients again," explained Chhabra on September 19.
But serving his patients doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon. Last week, Chhabra filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) seeking to have his medical license restored. On Monday the department responded, terminating the old suspension, but implementing a new one for more alleged sexual misconduct.
According to IDFPR documents, when authorities were investigating the original sexual assault charge in January 2012, two women acknowledged that Chhabra inappropriately touched them on several visits to his office the year before. Another woman came forward this past May to say she had sex with Chhabra in his office back in 2009. The woman told authorities that Chhabra had promised that her medical needs would be taken care of.
Chhabra refused to comment Monday, other than to say that the women are lying and that two of them testified against him in his trial.
Chhabra is set for a hearing in front of the Medical Disciplinary Board this Thursday and Friday in Springfield. Right now, Chhabra is only under a temporary suspension. His license can only be permanently revoked if he is convicted of a serious crime.
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