Doctor indicted on sexual assault charges

A doctor has been indicted on charges he sexually assaulted a 68-year-old woman in his care, prosecutors said Friday.

Mane Shah was arrested in January for allegedly assaulting the woman on Nov. 2 at North Vista Hospital.

Shah’s defense lawyer, David Chesnoff, said his client denied the charges.

“Dr. Shah has widespread support in our community and has an impeccable record as a physician and we are looking forward to allowing a jury to decide the case,” Chesnoff said.

Shah, an internist who practices at hospitals throughout the valley, appeared in court with family and friends.

Judge Linda Bell maintained the $25,000 bail set in North Las Vegas Justice Court, though prosecutor Michelle Fleck asked to have it raised to $100,000.

An arraignment hearing was set for Oct. 8.

Shah faces one count each of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault and two counts of open or gross lewdness, according to the indictment.

The woman told investigators that Shah told her to take off her underwear after she complained of leg and hip pain, according to a police report. The woman said Shah then touched her near her anus and penetrated her vagina with his fingers.

The woman said even though she felt uncomfortable during the exam, she trusted Shah because he was a physician. But she knew he was assaulting her because he attempted to conceal an erection after the examination.

The report said the distraught woman called family members who told North Vista security of the allegation shortly after the physical examination. A hospital employee called police.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@review journal.com or 702-380-1039.


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