• 14 more come forward after doctor accused of sexual assault

    By: Trish Williford


    What to know:

    • A Charlotte doctor was arrested Tuesday, accused of sexual assault of two patients.
    • On Thursday, police said 14 more people have come forward, claiming to be victims of Dr. Fidelis Edosomwan.
    • Edosomwan's attorney said Wednesday the doctor was never given teh opportunity to tell his side of the story to detectives.

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fourteen more people have come forward claiming they were victims of a doctor accused of sexual harassment, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Thursday.
    The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released details of the arrest of Dr. Fidelis Edosomwan on Tuesday.

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    An accuser said she became alarmed when she said he suggested sexual procedures she didn't need.

    “He was feeling my breast, not the way you should when you feel for lumps,” the woman, who did not want to be identified said. “He was feeling in a way like he was having a good time.”

    The woman says she, her daughter and her husband were all Edosomwan’s patients for nearly four years.

    She said she and her husband heard about his arrest on the news

    “I said, ‘That's our doctor, what he do?’ I said, ‘Oh, Lord,’” the woman said 

    She said her family visited the general practitioner to get regular check-ups.

    But, she became alarmed when she said he gave her a gynecological exam and checked her breast for lumps.

    Her daughter, who has mental disabilities, also felt violated following her visits with the doctor, the mother said.

    “He probably (thought) she didn't know no better, but she knows when somebody touching her in the wrong place,” the woman said. 

    The woman said Edosomwan also had an unusual ritual he would perform before seeing any patients.

    “He says, ‘Everybody get in a circle, hold hands, we're going pray,’” she said.

    Detectives arrested Edosomwan and charged him with five counts of sexual assault on the two victims -- one at a clinic on Milton Road on Jan. 2, and the other at a clinic on West Sugar Creek Road on Jan. 14.
    However, Edosomwan was never given the opportunity to tell his side of the story to detectives, Edosomwan’s attorney said in a statement Wednesday.
    Information received from these allegations is currently being reviewed by detectives to determine if Edosomwan committed criminal acts in these instances, police said.

    Detectives are consulting with the district attorney’s office on the additional allegations.
    It remains an ongoing investigation.
    Anyone with additional information concerning these cases or the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.

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