A doctor accused of sexually assaulting two female patients “vehemently denies” the accusations, according to a statement from his lawyer.
Fidelis Edosomwan, 52, was charged Jan. 30 with second-degree sexual offense in one case, and second-degree sexual offense and three counts of sexual battery in a second case.
Police announced the arrest and the charges on Tuesday, and urged other potential victims to come forward. Police say no one else has come forward, and no other charges have been filed against Edosomwan.
On Wednesday, Edosomwan’s attorney, George Laughrun, issued a statement.
“As legal counsel for Dr. Fidelis Edosomwan, both he and I were surprised that he was not given the opportunity to tell his side of the story to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Detectives prior to his arrest,” the statement said.
“Shortly thereafter, his constitutional rights to procedural due process and fair treatment under the law were further battered by sensationalized news stories condemning him prior to him even having an initial appearance in a court of law. ... Dr. Edosomwan has faith in our justice system and eagerly awaits his day in court.”
The statement said Edosomwan has practiced medicine in Charlotte for nearly two decades and that he’s happily married with five children.
Edosomwan works at Americare Health, at 1805 Milton Road, where one of the alleged assaults occurred, police said. The practice focuses on internal health, family medicine and pediatrics, according to its website. A second alleged assault happened at a clinic in the 700 block of West Sugar Creek Road, police said.
A woman told investigators that Edosomwan sexually assaulted her during a Jan. 2 medical examination, police said. She called police shortly after leaving the clinic. A second female patient said she was assaulted on Jan. 14. She reported the incident to police before leaving the clinic.