A Frankfort pediatrician who was acquitted of charges he groped a female patient a decade ago faces a lawsuit from another woman who claims he grabbed her breasts during a 2011 visit to his clinic.
Dr. Kishor Jain is accused of groping a 29-year-old Manteno woman as she talked with him during a checkup for her son in August 2011 at Hedges Clinic, 222 Colorado Ave., according to a lawsuit.
"This guy's a pediatrician. She was not his patient. Her kid was," said Jeff Deutschman, her attorney, who noted Jain's office had no files indicating the mother was a patient. "He's putting his hands on people he shouldn't be touching."
The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages greater than $50,000 as well as punitive damages.
In the lawsuit, the woman claims Jain had previously made "inappropriate and sexual comments" to her, but that she had ignored them. The lawsuit also names Hedges Clinic as a defendant, claiming the doctors' group was aware of prior complaints from other patients involving sexual touching by Jain.
A receptionist at Hedges Clinic said Jain was on "medical leave," and could not receive messages. Jain did not return a phone call to his home.
Jain faced misdemeanor battery charges in 2002 when a young mother who been Jain's patient since she was 2 claimed Jain fondled her during an office visit. He also was sued that year two other women who claimed he had groped them.
Jain was acquitted of the battery charges, with a Will County judge finding the contact was an appropriate part of the exam. A civil lawsuit filed by the same patient was dismissed, and the suit filed by the other two women was settled out of court.
In the new case, the woman made a report to police in Frankfort the following day, and investigators forwarded their investigation to the Will County State's Attorney's office.
Will County officials have passed the case to a special prosecutor from the state Appellate Prosecutor's office, because staff members in the state's attorney's office are patients of Hedges' physicians, spokesman Charles Pelkie said.