FL--Doctor sued for sexual battery
Doctor sued for sexual battery
It’s the second lawsuit filed vs. him
Group believes others are “still suffering”
It urges “anyone with information” to call police
SNAP: “Prosecutors and Health Dept. must take action”
Clinic knew of his misdeeds but kept him working, suit says
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, abuse victims will
--disclose that a local doctor is being sued, for the second time, for sexual battery,
--blast his colleagues for “doing little or nothing” to stop his “hurtful crimes,”
--push law enforcement and Health Department officials to “take action now,” and
--urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes to call law enforcement and file formal complaints with the state health department
Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 11:00 a.m.
On the sidewalk outside the Florida's Health Department’s Hillsborough County service center, 1105 E. Kennedy Boulevard (corner of N. Brush) in Tampa (813) 307-8000 (where patients can file complaints against physicians)
Three-four abuse victims who belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)
For the second time, Dr. Alfred Etapu Alingu and Arecho Medical Clinic (10045 Cortez Blvd. in Weeki Wachee) are named as defendants in a civil sexual assault case.
In his office, while touching the vaginal area of patient Maureen Nicholson, Dr. Alingu reportedly said “If I weren’t your doctor, you let me in here?” Other times, he “made lewd sexual comments” to her and “expressed opinions about her sexual life,” the suit says.
The suit says Dr, Alingu “had committed similar sexual misconduct on at least one other patient” and that Arecho staff knew about this before he assaulted Nicholson.
Nicholson says she “was mortified, in shock and felt paralyzed and in disbelieve” during the incidents.
Dr. Alingu worked at Arecho Medical Clinic (10045 Cortez Blvd. in Weeki Wachee).
The suit says Dr, Alingu “had committed similar sexual misconduct on at least one other patient” and that Arecho staff knew about this before he assaulted Nicholson. But clinic staff still “authorized (him) to be alone with/ patients and have unfettered and unsupervised control and access to (them).”
Copies of both lawsuits, totaling 15 pages, will be provided at the news conference. Both cases are filed in Hernando County and seek unspecified damages, charging negligence and sexual battery.
Nicholson may be willing to do media interviews and can be reached through her lawyer.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.