After Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged a doctor in two sex-assault cases in January, they urged other potential victims to step forward.
Police said 40 more reports were filed against Fidelis Edosomwan since that time alleging that assaults had occurred during examinations.
On Thursday, police announced they charged Edosomwan with 16 counts of sexual battery and 16 counts of sex offense. Edosomwan, who turned himself in at the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon, has denied the charges.
Authorities on Friday said that they were not surprised by the number of new reports.
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“We understood this is a very sensitive crime, and that there could be victims that did not want to come forward,” Detective Lt. Melanie Peacock said
“But we wanted to open the doors and let them know we took these allegations seriously, and we wanted to follow through with as many victims that may be out there.”
Peacock said police encourage any other victims to come forward and call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.
Edosomwan, 52, of Waxhaw, 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.
His lawyer, George Laughrun, said Friday that his client denies all charges against him. Laughrun said Edosomwan is self-employed, and that he entered into a consent decree with the state medical board not to practice medicine while the charges are pending.
Police said they have identified 34 alleged victims.
The cases stretch back seven or eight years, authorities said, and involve people who range in age from their 20s to late 40s.
An additional eight cases were outside the statute of limitations. And two additional cases were outside of CMPD jurisdiction, Peacock said.
Edosomwan worked at Americare Health, at 1805 Milton Road, Charlotte, where most of the alleged assaults occurred, police said.
The practice focuses on internal health, family medicine and pediatrics, according to its website. A second assault is alleged to have 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 Jan. 14. She reported the incident to police before leaving the clinic.
Researcher Maria David contributed.