On Tuesday, January 13, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs suspended 60-year-old Richard Ferguson’s license to practice medicine, according to a news article at the Detroit Free Press. Ferguson pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of a patient in August of 2014; he allegedly assaulted the victim under the pretense of therapy.
Ferguson was working at Little Traverse Bay Family Medicine in June of 2012 when he treated the female patient for what authorities said were repercussions and flashbacks of sexual abuse at a younger age. The doctor is alleged to have sexually assaulted the woman on several occasions, and also employed her at his office.
Ferguson pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. In October, he was sentenced to three years and two months to 10 years in prison.
In the state of Michigan, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration is a felony offense that not only puts the accused individual’s freedom at stake if convicted, but his/her reputation and career as well. As is the case above, those who hold professional licenses may have them suspended. In addition, anyone found guilty of this offense will be registered as a sex offender which impacts not only reputation, but where the defendant can live, employment opportunities, and more.
Sex crimes are some of the most serious of all, whether a person is accused of rape, child molestation, possession of child pornography, Internet sex crimes, or soliciting for prostitution. Regardless of the offense you have been accused of, it is vital to work with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney who will do all possible to protect your freedom, reputation, and future. When facing serious criminal charges, it is never a good idea to go it alone – and your freedom is at risk.