An Upper Darby doctor is accused of fondling two of his patients during office visits. Now police want to know if there are more victims out there.
Brij Srivastava, 82, surrendered to police Tuesday and is charged with indecently assaulting two women. The women told police the incidents occurred at Srivastava’s office, the Long Lane Medical Center, in Upper Darby earlier this month as well as July. The victims, who are 25 and 52 years old, told police Srivastava fondled their breasts. One of the women told police she fled during the alleged assault.
“He whispered in her ear, ‘Mmmmm, this is good,’” said Upper Darby Police Chief Michael Chitwood. “She pushed the doctor away and runs out of the office upset.”
Another one of Srivastava’s patients, who did not want to be identified, spoke with NBC10 about the allegations. She claimed she never had any issues with him.
“I thought he was harmless,” she said.
The woman also said that even after the accusations, she’d still consider keeping him as her doctor.
“I think so,” she said. “Because he never did anything to me.”
Two other patients, who also did not want to be identified, said Srivastava made them feel uncomfortable and at times got too close to them. One of the patients said that on one occasion Srivastava touched her thigh in a strange way and she switched doctors as a result.
A spokesperson for Mercy Health System & St. Mary Medical Center, the health system Srivastava was associated with, released a statement on the allegations.
“The safety and security of our patients is our top priority, and we maintain strict procedures to ensure a positive and compassionate environment,” the spokesperson wrote. “We are just learning of these allegations and are taking them very seriously. We will cooperate fully with the authorities as they conduct their investigation, as appropriate. As this is an ongoing legal matter, we cannot provide additional details.”
Police say they’re concerned that other victims are out there and continue to investigate. If you have any information, please call Upper Darby Police.