Chicago, IL | A Chicago man who authorities say impersonated a doctor has been arrested and now faces charges of fraud and sexual assault.
According to the official police report, Eduardo H. Gomez, 49, disguised himself as a doctor and performed colonoscopies and genital examinations on unsuspecting patients.
Gomez apparently wore a white lab coat and a stethoscope and approached patients in various hospitals of the region.
He was later intercepted by an undercover agent after hospital staff grew suspicious and authorities were alerted.
“He slipped his finger into my anus, then into my vagina, without wearing any gloves,” one patient told reporters in tears.
Another patient was given a colonoscopy after he had come in to get his tonsils examined.
“I thought it was pretty suspicious because I had come in to get my tonsils examined, not my bowels,” he told reporters, visibly shocked.
“My sixteen-year-old daughter had a fever, and he asked her to take all her clothes off and spread her legs wide open” one worried mother also told reporters.
This same mother alerted administrators of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital after she found the man’s behavior inappropriate.
“My daughter told me he had inserted his stethoscope inside her vagina and started licking it in front of her. I could not believe what she was telling me” she told reporters, visibly furious.
The Chicago Police Department carried out an operation in which several undercover officers were placed in various hospitals of the region after hospital administrators had received an increasing number of complaints.
Gomez appeared before a judge this week where he was ordered to undergo a mental examination and was granted supervised released.
If found guilty of fraud and multiple accounts of sexual assault, including on minors, Gomez could face up to 1,056 years in jail, believe legal experts.