Doctor accused of fondling patient, placed on leave from Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn
BY LAUREN FITZPATRICK Sun-Times Media email@example.com February 14, 2012 5:26PM
Updated: March 16, 2012 8:17AM
A doctor is on leave from Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after a patient said he touched her inappropriately, authorities said.
Dr. Rajat Prakash, 46, of Oak Brook, must appear in Cook County Circuit Court in Bridgeview on March 6 to face a misdemeanor battery charge. Accompanied by his attorney, he surrendered to Oak Lawn police Saturday, Division Chief Mike Kaufmann said.
The patient, a 32-year-old woman being treated for multiple sclerosis in late November, said he sent inappropriate text messages, offered to bring coffee to her and asked her to meet him for drinks at a nearby hotel, said her attorney, Bob Olson.
Then, while she was in a semi-conscious state, he allegedly fondled her and attempted to put her hands on his crotch, Olson said.
Kaufmann said the woman made a police report on Dec. 2, but police needed time to track down Prakash, who was out of the country.
Prakash’s attorney, Nicholas Faklis, declined to comment.
Christ Hospital issued a statement through a spokesman that said: “The physician is on leave of absence pending a full review of the case. Our team continues to cooperate with the Oak Lawn Police Department as they complete their investigation.”
Hospital spokesman Mike Maggio declined to say how long Prakash has been at Christ. He has been licensed to practice in Illinois since 1993 and has no disciplinary history, according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Sue Hofer, a spokeswoman for the department, which oversees licensing of doctors in Illinois, said Prakash would need to be chaperoned, pending the criminal case, if he continued to practice at other facilities where he has privileges.