Doctor convicted of raping patient sentenced to probation

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HOUSTON (WCMH) – A Texas doctor convicted of raping a female patient was sentenced to 10 years of probation.

Shafeeq Sheikh was arrested in 2015 after a two-year investigation into the assault that happened at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston in November of 2013, KTRK reported.

According to court documents, the victim was a patient at the hospital. During the overnight hours, a person came into her room three different times and sexually assaulted her. She was heavily sedated during the assaults, according to police.

She told police she tried to call for help, but couldn’t. The call button was unplugged at the time.

Sheikh testified during the trial that the sex was consensual.

His medical license was revoked and the hospital fired him.

The Harris County District Attorney released the following statement:

After being presented all the evidence, the jury convicted this man of rape and decided that he should be sentenced to 10 years of probation; the jury voted on behalf of the community to determine his sentence, and although prosecutors sought 20 years in prison, we respect this process, and the jury’s decision, which carries with it a lifetime of registering as a sex offender.

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