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Doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients at South Charlotte practice

Dr. Mario Hernandez, 58, a family care physician, has been charged with sexually assaulting patients at his south Charlotte practice.
Dr. Mario Hernandez, 58, a family care physician, has been charged with sexually assaulting patients at his south Charlotte practice. Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office

A 58-year-old family care physician has been charged with sexually assaulting patients at his south Charlotte practice.

Dr. Mario Hernandez is charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault at his office on Arrowood Road near South Boulevard. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say he turned himself in to authorities on Monday and was being held in the Mecklenburg jail. Details of his arrest, including any bail information, were not available late Monday.

The three assaults Hernandez is charged with allegedly happened on May 6, Nov. 25 and Nov. 30.

The three women told police similar stories: They went to Hernandez’ office on Arrowood Road for a medical exam and the doctor sexually assaulted him, according to a CMPD news release. The women who reported assaults in November contacted police shortly after leaving Hernandez’s office. The woman who said she was sexually assaulted in May informed police of the assault last week.

In two instances, Hernandez was accused of forcible fondling, according to police reports. In the third, he was accused of sexual assault with an object.

It’s unclear if police have contacted any more of Hernandez’s patients, or if they are trying to locate other potential victims. Police say the investigation is ongoing and encouraged people with additional information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

According to the North Carolina Medical Board, Hernandez graduated from the Universidad Nacional De Colombia in 1983 and did his residency at Bella Vista Hospital in Puerto Rico. He’s also been licensed to practice medicine in Virginia, according to the board.

His practice is called Family Medicine Care at 816 C East Arrowood Road.

Hernandez has never been convicted of a felony and has no reports of malpractice on his record, according to the board.

His arrest is the second time this year that a doctor in Charlotte has been accused of sexually assaulting his patients.

In February, Dr. Fidelis Edosomwan, a married father of five, was accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen women who came to his practice on Milton Road.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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