Crime

Doctor accused of sex assaults faces more charges

Fidelis Edosomwan, 52, has been charged in 18 sex offense cases.
Fidelis Edosomwan, 52, has been charged in 18 sex offense cases.

A Charlotte doctor accused last month of sexually assaulting female patients during examinations has been charged in 16 other sex assault cases.

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.

After announcing the initial arrest, police encouraged other potential victims to come forward.

On Thursday morning, detectives charged Edosomwan with 16 counts of sexual battery and 16 counts of sex offense. Edosomwan turned himself in at the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon. His bail information was not available late Thursday.

Police said they have identified 31 alleged victims. Eight cases were outside the statute of limitations.

Through a statement from his attorney last month, Edosomwan said he “vehemently denies” any sex assault allegations.

The statement said Edosomwan has practiced medicine in Charlotte for nearly two decades and that he’s happily married with five children.

Edosomwan worked at Americare Health, at 1805 Milton Road, where one assault is alleged to have 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.

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