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State College Psychiatrist Accused of Sexually Assaulting Patient

by on June 26, 2020 3:44 PM

A State College psychiatrist was arrested on Thursday for the alleged sexual assault of a patient.

Dr. Ashok J. Bharucha, 53, is charged with one second-degree felony count of sexual assaul and two second-degree misdemeanor counts of indecent assault.

The alleged victim told State College police that during a psychiatric appointment on June 16 at Bharucha's 119 S. Burrowes St. office, Bharucha inappropriately touched him and performed a sexual act, according to a criminal complaint. The man told police he did not consent to any of the physical contact. 

The man also allegedly said that as he was leaving the office, Bharucha, who resides in Lewisburg, invited him to a hotel room he was staying in and said he wanted the man to be naked when he arrived. He showed police a text message from Bharucha indicating a room number, as well as several missed calls from Bharucha, according to the complaint.

Bharucha was arraigned before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker on Thursday night. He was denied bail and is being held at the Centre County Correctional Facility. 

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

An attorney for Bharucha was not listed in court documents.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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