A Mesa doctor accused of touching two patients in a sexual manner is being held in a Maricopa County jail after an investigation revealed that he allegedly told the women that they "need to have more sex" and touched them where he should not have.
Dr. Gabriel Ogbonnaya, 43, an internal medicine doctor, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of sexual abuse on Wednesday.
Ogbonnaya was arrested after police launched an investigation into the claims made by the two patients that he touched and "patted" private areas of their bodies at his office in the Augusta Ranch Professional Village office plaza at 2919 S. Ellsworth Road during exams that would not have required him to examine those areas, according to Mesa police.
Ogbonnaya graduated from the University of Nigeria in 1992 and served his residency at Interfaith Medicine in Brooklyn, N.Y. from 2000 to 2003, according to Arizona Medical Board records.
As of Thursday, no sanctions or action had been taken againt Ogbonnaya's medical license and it remained active, according to a spokeswoman at the Arizona Medical Board. No suspensions or restrictions against his license to practice have been put in place at this time because the investigation is in the early stages, said Lisa Wynn, the medical board's executive director.
However, there are two open investigations into Ogbonnaya, including one stemming from the allegations that led to his arrest, Wynn said.
Ogbonnaya’s attorney told the Tribune on Friday that the allegations against the doctor are “absolutely outrageous,” and that she believed the police have not conducted a thorough investigation.
“We deny any type of improper conduct,” Ogbonnaya’s attorney, Jan Buescher, said. “We have reason to believe that the two patients may know each other. Another thing that leads to the suspicion of these allegations is that Dr. Ogbonnaya has a policy of having another member of the staff in the room during an examination.”
But based on the similar reports from the two women, authorities believe there may be more victims who came in contact with Ogbonnaya, police said.
Police are requesting that anyone who was a victim or may know one to call Mesa police at (480) 644-2211.