BALTIMORE (WJZ)— A Baltimore doctor is facing an intense investigation after charges he inappropriately touched one of his patients.
Investigative reporter Mike Hellgren spoke to a former patient who says she’s a victim.
His medical office is a simple corner rowhouse in East Baltimore. What went on inside is now the focus of a police investigation.
Dr. Yanjalagere Ramaiah faces sexual offense and assault charges–based on a patient’s complaint.
“She relayed to us that during an examination some of the touching was inappropriate and outside the practice of Dr. Ramaiah,” said Sgt. Jarron Jackson, Baltimore City Police.
While police say this investigation began April 12, a former patient tells WJZ she reported abuse 25 years ago, but nothing was ever done.
“I tried to tell and nobody would believe me. I even went to the Southeastern Police District. I tried to make a police report, and they didn’t believe me,” she said.
She describes what she says unfolded in the doctor’s office.
“He never had a nurse in the office. He would never let nobody back there with me, and he’d always locked his office door,” the accuser said.
“I started going to him when I was 17. He would pinch my butt, rub his hands across my butt. He would rub himself all over my knees and up and down my legs,” she said.
“He never had a nurse in the office. He would never let nobody back there with me, and he’d always locked his office door,” she continued.
Ramaiah has practiced medicine in Maryland since 1971. He also operated some clinics in India. His website shows pictures of his medical camps there.
WJZ found Ramaiah’s profile with the Maryland Board of Physicians.
There are no complaints, no disciplinary actions against him. His license is in good standing.
One woman who lives next to the clinic says she’s known him for years and does not believe the allegations.
“Never had a problem with that doctor. Never. I’ve never heard a bad thing about that doctor,” the neighbor said.
Police say they are trying to determine if there are other victims.
“Any persons who may feel like they’ve been victimized or who are unsure about things that happened during the course of their examination by Dr. Ramaiah, we ask them to call us,” Jackson said.
WJZ did try to contact Ramaiah through his lawyer and received no answer. No one answered at the clinic either.
Police have set up a hotline. The number to call is 410-396-2269.
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