Charles Momah was convicted today of four counts of rape. The victims were patients of his Seattle-area clinic. Momah also faces civil lawsuits
stemming from his alleged permittance of his unlicensed twin brother to act as a stand-in gynecologist.
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A jury convicted a Seattle-area gynecologist on Wednesday of four counts of rape in the sexual assaults of two patients.
Charles Momah, 49, also faces civil lawsuits in which women claim that they were also sometimes deceived into being examined, operated on and sexually
fondled by his twin, Dennis Momah, a general practitioner who is not certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
During Charles Momah's criminal trial, prosecutors said he sexually preyed on vulnerable, desperate women, many of whom had few other places to get
gynecological care or were addicted to drugs.
He faces up to 16 years in prison after his conviction by a jury in King County Superior Court.
In the trial, attorneys for Momah asserted the women testifying against him weren't credible, saying one sought drugs from him and another extorted
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This is another hideous example of health care practitioners breaking their Hippocratic oath and sexually preying on vulnerable individuals.
Last year, a dentist was found to have injected his own sperm into six female patients' mouths. His license was temporarily suspended, but then
reinstated under the condition that he would be supervised when operating on female patients.
Health care professionals require their patients' utmost trust, and such light sentencing in this case and in the dental case sends a bad message to
the public and to other shady health care providers. Punishments for these cases need to be doubly severe, in relation to non-health care
professionals' similar convictions.
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[edit on 20-11-2005 by asala]