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Former Drexel Neurology Chair Accused of Raping NYC Patient

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    Ex-Neurologist Pleads Guilty to Groping Patients

    From Drexel neurologist, Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, was charged with taking advantage of more than a dozen women. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to groping seven women at his clinic.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017)

    What to Know

    • A neurologist who had pleaded guilty to groping women at a Philadelphia clinic has been arrested on charges he raped a patient in NYC

    • Dr. Ricardo Cruciani was taken into custody and will be arraigned in New York on multiple counts of rape and other sex crimes, police said

    • Cruciani previously pleaded guilty to assaulting seven patients in while he was chairman of Drexel University's neurology department

    A neurologist who had pleaded guilty to groping women at a Philadelphia clinic was arrested on Tuesday on charges he repeatedly raped a patient in New York City.

    Dr. Ricardo Cruciani was taken into custody and will be arraigned in New York on multiple counts of rape and other sex crimes, police said.

    The former patient, a 45-year-old woman, called a sexual abuse hotline last year and reported that Cruciani had abused her between 2005 and 2012, authorities said.

    The woman told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she testified before a grand jury about two weeks ago.

    "I don't know that he's going to go gently into the good night, but I'm very hopeful," she said. "He needs to be locked up."

    Cruciani's lawyer, Mark Furman, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.

    The AP reported in November that at least 17 women in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey had stepped forward to accuse Cruciani of sexual misconduct in encounters dating back at least a dozen years.

    Women who said they were sexually abused by Cruciani told the AP that they felt they had no alternative but to continue seeing the Ivy League-trained neurologist, who specialized in rare, complicated syndromes that produce debilitating pain.

    Cruciani pleaded guilty to assaulting seven patients in 2016 while he was chairman of Drexel University's neurology department. Under a plea agreement, he was sentenced to seven years' probation. He also had to register as a sex offender and forfeit his medical license.

    "I'm truly sorry if I caused any harm or any pain," he said at his sentencing hearing.

    The woman said she too felt she had no choice but to continue seeing Cruciani because he was one of the very few doctors who could treat her condition.

    On Tuesday, she praised New York City police and prosecutors for taking her case seriously.

    "This is for all the women he tortured and abused and mistreated," she said.

    Two law enforcement officials confirmed she is the woman whom Cruciani is charged with raping.