Pittsburgh Physician Charged with Sexual Assault of West Penn Hospital Nurse

Yesterday, an article at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed that a doctor at the West Penn Hospital has been accused of sexually assaulting a nurse at the facility. The incident allegedly took place on September 4 of last year.

According to the criminal complaint, the nurse agreed to have dinner with Dr. Entezam Asim Sahovic at a Shadyside restaurant. The victim told police that as they were driving to her home, she offered to let Sahovic sleep at her house that night because she felt he had drank too much to drive. The nurse claims that once the two were inside her home, the doctor told her repeatedly that he insisted on her sleeping with him. She claims to have replied “no” each time Sahovic made the suggestion before finally going to bed alone.

At some point during the night the nurse claimed she woke up to find Sahovic taking her clothes off and sexually assaulting her. She said that after falling back asleep and again waking, he was naked in the bed with her. The woman, whose name was not released, says that although the doctor professed his love to her in August of last year, she did not have an intimate relationship with him. She maintains Sahovic agreed to remain friends, and agreed the two would not have a sexual or intimate relationship.

Sahovic maintains that he has not done anything wrong. At the time of news reports, he had no further comment. He is charged with sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, and indecent assault.

A conviction for sexual assault may result in life-changing consequences. For example, those found guilty may serve years in prison, and be required to register as a sex offender. While the punishment differs from state to state, in Michigan the penalties for sex offenses are extremely harsh. Not only may someone face a substantial portion of his or her life behind bars depending on the offense, a conviction often results in the ruin of a professional career person’s reputation, or even loss of a professional license.

Innocent people are accused every day of sexual assault and other crimes they did not commit. Regardless of the facts of your case, consult with a highly experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney who will fight to win your freedom and protect your future.

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