By Andy Grimm and Lisa Black
6:21 PM CST, February 15, 2013
A pediatrician with a history of sexual assault complaints was charged Friday with groping five women during visits to his clinic in south suburban Frankfort.
Dr. Kishor Jain was charged with 10 felony counts of criminal sexual abuse and five misdemeanor battery counts. All the alleged victims are adults, ranging in age from 22 to 30, said David Neal, a special prosecutor from the Illinois state's attorney's appellate prosecutor's office who was appointed to handle the case.
The charges are based on statements from five alleged victims, including a 29-year-old Manteno woman who sued Jain last month claiming he grabbed her breasts and made lewd comments during a visit to Jain’s Hedges Clinic to have her son vaccinated, Neal said. Jain was acquitted of misdemeanor charges in 2002 stemming from a complaint by a patient that Jain fondled her during an exam.
“We were aware of one victim. That victim recently filed a civil lawsuit against Dr. Jain which generated some local publicity,” Neal said. “Four more victims contacted the Frankfort Police Department, essentially because they had been afraid to come forward before because they thought no one would believe them.”
The appellate prosecutor’s office is leading the prosecution because several employees of the Will County state’s attorney’s office have children who are patients of Hedges Clinic. None of those employees is among the alleged victims, Neal said.
Jain turned himself in Friday after he learned a warrant had been issued for his arrest, Frankfort police said. He is free on $100,000 bond.
Frankfort police began an investigation after the woman who filed the civil lawsuit made a complaint to police in 2011. When her allegations were made public in the civil lawsuit, four other women came forward claiming Jain touched them sexually, a release from the department states. The incidents occurred as recently as 30 days ago.
Frankfort police still are investigating the case, and Neal said if other women come forward, he could include their testimony as evidence against Jain at trial.
More than a decade ago, Jain was acquitted of misdemeanor battery charges in connection with a former patient’s claim Jain had fondled her during an exam, and a civil lawsuit filed by the same woman was dismissed. Two other women have sued him.
The Tribune was unable to reach staff at Hedges Clinic or Jain’s attorney Friday evening. When a Tribune reporter contacted the clinic earlier this month, a receptionist said Jain was on vacation.
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