East Hartford Doctor Facing Additional Sexual Assault Charges

April 28, 2012|By DAVID OWENS, The Hartford Courant


— A doctor arrested in January on charges that he sexually assaulted a patient was charged Saturday with sexually assaulting additional patients.

Dr. Edwin Njoku was also charged with second-degree larceny by defrauding a public community. That charge was brought by the Medicaid Fraud Unit in the chief state's attorney's office.

East Hartford police obtained arrest warrants charging Njoku with attempted first-degree sexual assault and two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Police said the charges involved three women, but released few details.

Njoku was notified of the warrants, arrived at East Hartford police headquarters Saturday with a bail bondman and posted $455,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 16 in Superior Court in Manchester.

Njoku was charged Jan. 31 with first-degree sexual assault, two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint, and attempted bribery of a witness. Those cases involved three women.

Njoku posted $825,000 bail in those cases. When police announced his arrest, they said they were flooded with calls from other women alleging they'd been sexually assaulted by Njoku.

A committee of the Connecticut Medical Examining Board has recommended Njoku's license to practice medicine in the state be revoked. The committee has also recommended a $25,000 fine.

After hearing evidence from Njoku's accuser and police investigating his alleged crimes, the committee said it was "proven" that Njoku sexually assaulted a female patient at his office at Christus Medical Group, 589 Burnside Ave., in October, according to committee records.

The committee found that the woman's story was supported by DNA evidence taken from semen and saliva that was on her. "In short, the evidence is overwhelming," the committee said in its statement to the full medical examining board.

Njoku did not testify because of the pending criminal cases, but his lawyer argued that Njoku's accuser was not credible and motivated by greed. She has a civil suit pending against Njoku.

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