On Thursday, August 16, a former Texas doctor was found guilty of raping a heavily sedated patient in a hospital room in Houston, Texas. However, the ex-doctor will not be spending time behind bars for his actions.
Many people are outraged by what he did to the female patient and are shocked by the verdict. At this time, we are asking our readers to pray for the victim and her family as they go through this difficult time.
Shafeeq Sheikh was a former physician at Baylor College of Medicine. Rather than serving time in jail, he was sentenced to 10 years of probation. The 12-person jury found him guilty of sexual assault five years prior, according to Fox News.
In 2013, Sheikh was working the night shift at Houston's Ben Taub Hospital when a female, previously identified as Laura, was admitted into the hospital.
Laura was experiencing shortness of breath and wheezing. She stayed at the hospital overnight. When she was sedated, Sheikh came into her room several times during the night, he sexually assaulted her.
Laura said that she attempted to call a nurse for help, but the call button didn't work. Investigators performed a rape kit on Laura and collected DNA evidence. The DNA from Sheikh's cheek swab matched the rape kit evidence. It took two years for the charges to be filed against the doctor.
Police pulled surveillance tapes which showed Sheikh on the floor of Laura's hospital room. He used his badge to gain access to her floor at least 12 times that night.
“He sought her out. He chose her to prey on,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder said.
“You know he’s the type of man who would go in multiple times, testing the waters, seeing how far he could go and get back to his normal business after that."
“You know he’s the kind man of who walked around for two years before he was charged with this… knowing what he did,” Reeder added.
During the trial, Sheikh admitted to sexually assaulting the sedated female patient. However, he claimed it was consensual. His lawyers pleaded with the 12 jurors to give him some compassion — he has a wife and children at home and said that they should not suffer his consequences.
“The dreams of a man, the childhood dream to become a doctor, were shattered by his conduct. He destroyed his own dreams,” Sheikh’s lawyer Stanley Schneider said.
“What he has done to himself and his family is punishment. They are serving his sentence with him. His children are serving his sentence with him.”
In 2015, the Texas Medical Board has revoked his license after they discovered he was a "continuing threat to public welfare." Sheikh has since left the hospital.
Laura, who is now 32 years old, said after the sentencing that she just wants to move on from the tragic incident. She believes that there are more victims.
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