The Texas Medical Board on Friday temporarily suspended the license of a McKinney orthopedic surgeon arrested on suspicion he sexually assaulted two female patients while they were under his care.
Dr. Donald Okechukwu Ozumba, 44, faces two charges of sexual assault, according to court records. McKinney police arrested him Mar. 31 and booked him at the Collin County Jail, where his bail was set at $50,000. He was released Sunday.
The medical board temporarily suspended Ozumba's medical licence "after determining his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare," according to a news release from the board.
The board will look into the allegations before taking further action.
A temporary suspension hearing with notice will be held as soon as practicable with 10 days' notice to Dr. Ozumba, unless the hearing is specifically waived by Dr. Ozumba," the release said.
Police said the offenses happened at OSSM Orthopedics in the 8000 block of State Highway 121 in McKinney.
Ozumba couldn't be reached for comment this week, but his family released a prepared statement to KXAS-TV (NBC5).
We flatly deny each and every false allegation and are confident that the legal system will vindicate Dr. Ozumba," the statement read. "We appreciate the support from our local and global community.
One of the women went to his office last week to be treated for a sports injury, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. She told police that the doctor exposed half of her genitals to check for internal fluid and told her he needed to rub in the medication he had injected under her left hip.
Ozumba massaged the area, then penetrated the woman's genitals with his fingers and massaged her inside, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. The woman's husband was sitting behind the doctor but couldn't see what was happening , police said.
The woman told police that she contacted another doctor after the visit and asked whether what Ozumba had done was normal procedure. The second doctor informed her that Ozumba was absolutely not supposed to penetrate her vagina, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
Shortly after the visit, Ozumba asked the woman to download a messaging app and sent her a text asking what her favorite part of the procedure was, according to the affidavit. The woman told police that she texted him back with a message that said "Not receiving a script," then deleted the app.
Ozumba continued to text the woman and asked her to come back in, according to police.
Another woman reported a sexual assault to McKinney police in August that occurred during an appointment with Ozumba the same month, records show. She said she had gone to the doctor to get a shot for a physical disability, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Ozumba had been rude to the woman during her first two appointments, but he became "charming" during the third visit, according to the affidavit.
A nurse gave the woman paper shorts and a gown to cover herself during a sonogram, but the doctor told the woman that he couldn't help her until she undressed and told her to cover up with a sheet, police said.
According to the woman's account, Ozumba left the room and came back. He rubbed the outside of her legs like he was feeling for something and then began to rub the inside of her legs, she told police. The woman felt something poking her genitals and thought it was the sonogram machine cord but realized it was the doctor, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
The woman said the doctor left the room and came back. He had her roll on her side, lifted her leg and rubbed her groin, according to the affidavit.
After the doctor left the room again, the woman jumped to her feet and dressed, police said. She told a nurse that she had another appointment and left, according to the affidavit.
The victim stated that Ozumba was trying to 'masturbate' her, police wrote in the affidavit.
The woman told police she hadn't said anything because she was embarrassed and thought she should have known better about what to do during the incident. Police called her to get more information about her case after the March assault was reported, records show.
Ozumba, who was born in Nigeria, has been fully licensed by the Texas Medical Board since 2005, state records show. He reported no criminal history. No medical malpractice investigations were listed on his physician profile.
Last year, the Texas Medical Board ordered Ozumba to complete a course in ethics or risk management after he failed to release the medical and billing records of a patient in a timely fashion following multiple written requests, state records show.
Ozumba's specialty is sports medicine. He has worked as team physician for professional, college and high school teams, including Rockwall-Heath High School, Cedar Hill High School and the University of Dallas, according to his website.
Source: DallasNews, HWN Africa.
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