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Redding doctor arrested on 9 felony counts of sexual abuse

Victims say the doctor told them to do what they were told were physical therapy exercises then touched them inappropriately.

Posted: Feb 9, 2018 6:26 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2018 4:56 PM

UPDATE: 2/21/2018 3:06 p.m.
Redding Doctor was in court today and pleads not guilty of several counts of sexual assault and misconduct with patients. 
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A Redding neurologist is arrested, accused of several counts of sexual assault and misconduct with patients.

Hamid Rabiee was arrested while leaving his office Thursday evening accused of several felony acts including sexual intercourse, sodomy, oral copulation, and sexual contact with a patient.

At his office on Eureka Way Friday, the parking lot was empty and the doors were locked.

Some staff members still showed up for work.

However, they declined to comment when asked if Rabiee was working.

Victims allege the doctor instructed them to perform what they were told were physical therapy exercises then touched them inappropriately.

Court documents say Rabiee asked several of the victims to get into a cat pose and then rubbed his genitals on their back sides.

They told police they were in shock and disbelief and could not react when it happened.

Carlos Villatoro of the Medical Board of California (MBC) says doctors should never ask their patients for anything sexual.

“Whether it's a sexual favor or whether it's inappropriate touching, doctors should remain professional with their patients at all times,” Villatoro said.

Villatoros says you can visit the MBC's website to see your doctor's profile information and see if he or she has any history of abuse.

“It will show any accusations which is a formal charging document, any suspensions, any disciplinary actions against the doctors,” Villatoros said. “It will show other information such as any malpractice suits.”

He says it's important to stay informed about your doctor to keep yourself safe.

He says you can sign up on the MBC’s website for subscriber alerts to be informed if and when any disciplinary actions are brought against your doctor.

“It's a good way for Californians to be informed about discipline and or actions brought against their doctors,” Villatoro said.

As of Friday morning, clerks at the Shasta County Courthouse said Rabiee had been released from jail.

He's scheduled to be arraigned March 19.

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