Second woman alleges groping by doctor
By Janet Lundquist email@example.com February 22, 2013 7:50PM
Dr. Kishor Jain
Updated: February 23, 2013 1:41AM
Yet another woman came forward this week to accuse an embattled Frankfort pediatrician of groping her during office visits.
Kishor N. Jain, 59, of 767 Tanglewood Lane in Frankfort now faces two civil lawsuits along with 10 criminal counts of sex abuse and five counts of battery, all filed in Will County.
Jain had been working as a pediatrician at Hedges Clinic, 222 Colorado Ave. in Frankfort. He no longer works there, a clinic supervisor confirmed, and has had his medical license temporarily suspended by the state Department of Professional Regulation.
On Tuesday, Kelly Meister filed a civil lawsuit alleging Jain fondled her breasts during medical checkups.
Meister said she saw Jain as her personal doctor even though he was primarily a pediatrician.
During one checkup in late February or early March 2011, Jain massaged her breast while examining a pulled muscle in her chest, Meister said.
“He became aroused and was making panting sounds as if he was clearly enjoying himself,” Meister wrote in her complaint.
Jain did not return a call seeking comment.
Last month, Jessica Schubbe filed a similar lawsuit in Will County. She also made a police report in August 2011, when she was allegedly fondled by Jain during an office visit for her child. Her case had been under investigation since then.
Media coverage of Schubbe’s lawsuit gave other women — including Meister, her lawyer said — the courage to come forward to Frankfort police, which led to the criminal charges, police said.
Chicago attorney Jeffrey S. Deutschman represents Meister and Schubbe.
Friday afternoon, Deutschman said he was on the phone with another woman looking to sue Jain for the same type of abuse.
“(Hedges) clinic is the one that seems to be, in my opinion, extremely responsible for what’s going on. The doctor’s a pediatrician, and they’re allowing adults to see this pediatrician,” he said.
A supervisor at the clinic declined to comment on the lawsuits and Jain.
Jain is scheduled to appear in court May 20 on the Schubbe lawsuit and June 10 on the Meister lawsuit.
Jain turned himself in to Frankfort police Feb. 15 when he learned of a warrant for his arrest on the criminal charges. He posted bond and was released.
Five women, Schubbe and Meister not among them, are named as victims in the criminal complaint. Jain is scheduled to appear on the criminal case at 1:30 p.m. March 19 in Will County court.
Jain was acquitted more than 10 years ago of a criminal charge for allegedly fondling a woman. In 2002, Jain claimed “justice prevailed” after a Will County judge acquitted him of misdemeanor battery.
That charge stemmed from claims by one of Jain’s former pediatric patients, Brenda Doyle, who told Frankfort police that when she brought her infant in for a checkup in December 2001, Jain touched her breasts and tried to put his hand down her pants while asking her about sex positions.
Despite the acquittal, the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation reprimanded Jain for the incident in 2006. As part of the discipline, Jain was required to complete 20 hours of continuing education in record keeping, case management and boundary issues.
In 2002, Robin Mendoza and Kerry Tadej filed a lawsuit claiming Jain fondled them on two separate office visits in 2001. Tadej was Jain’s patient, while Mendoza’s child was Jain’s patient.
Mendoza testified about the encounter during Jain’s 2002 battery trial, claiming Jain touched her inappropriately when she and her 5-year-old son came to the Frankfort clinic complaining of illness.
She testified that she told the doctor she had a fever and difficulty breathing and that she ached all over her body, and claimed that he fondled her during the exam while she was alone in the room with him.
The lawsuit brought by Mendoza and Tadej was settled out of court in 2007.