A Mesa cardiologist accused of inappropriately touching 19 women during medical procedures has been indicted on 61 counts of sexual-related and physical assault charges.

Dr. Richard Lewis, 53, was indicted Jan. 6 on the offenses, which included one count of sexual assault.

The indictment was handed down by a grand jury slightly more than seven months after the Scottsdale resident was arrested on suspicion of sex abuse on June 5, when two women told police Lewis inappropriately touched them while they were in his care.

Mesa police launched an investigation after that arrest, and over the next several months at least 17 more women came forward, claiming similar incidents under Lewis’ care. Lewis formerly worked at Advanced Cardiac Systems, 4838 E. Baseline Road, Mesa.

The indictment alleges the incidents took place between Dec. 1, 2004, and June 4, 2009. Accusations of inappropriate touching took place during medical procedures at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, according to police and court records.

Since 2006, there have been six complaints filed against Lewis with the Arizona Medical Board. Four of those complaints have been dismissed and two remain open, according to information from the Arizona Medical Board. The board does not detail the nature of open complaints.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas stated, “Patients who seek treatment from medical professionals are especially vulnerable and have a right to receive proper care. The women who came forward and reported these matters to law enforcement deserve our respect and our gratitude for the courage they displayed.”

Lewis is scheduled to appear for a hearing in Maricopa County Superior Court on Wednesday.

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