The Monroe Evening News (Michigan)
July 13, 2012 Friday
Newport resident files civil suit against psychiatrist
BYLINE: Danielle Portteus, DPORTTEUS@MONROENEWS.COM
SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 1A
LENGTH: 405 words
Holly Beth Hord of Newport has filed a civil suit against a Monroe psychiatrist who is accused of sexually assaulting his patients.
The civil suit was filed Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court seeking $10 million. The 26-year-old mother of two is being represented by Novi attorney Gregory J. Rohl, who was unavailable for comment because he was out of town.
According to the complaint, Dr. Abduallhi A. Mohamed engaged in sexual intercourse with Ms. Hord while at his office while she was under psychiatric treatment.
In May, Dr. Mohamed was charged with criminal sexual conduct third- and fourth-degrees in connection with the alleged assault of Ms. Hord. She told authorities the incident occurred in the doctor’s office at Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, 700 Stewart Rd., which is where other assaults also allegedly occurred.
The complaint alleges that additional previous incidents took place and escalated sexually.
During a February visit Ms. Hord said the doctor indicated that he wanted to “give her a neck rub.” While she initially refused, she said, the doctor insisted his patient sit on his lap where he allegedly proceeded to rub her shoulders and move to rubbing her breasts over her clothes.
Ms. Hord said she repeatedly told Dr. Mohamed to stop, but he demanded she “be still” during the incident which lasted between two and five minutes, the complaint states.
The 58-year-old Dearborn Heights resident was fired as a staff physician at Mercy Memorial Hospital. He is free on $100,000 bond. He is being represented by Barry A. Resnick of Farmington Hills.
The attorney said he is representing Dr. Mohamed for the criminal charges, but not civilly.
“The filing of a $10 million civil suit is indicative of the criminal charges,” Mr. Resnick said.
At this point, the doctor does not have an attorney for the civil case.
“The question is whether it will be covered by the hospital,” he said.
However, Mr. Resnick said his client is innocent. “Absolutely,” he said. “I don’t think anything has changed.”
Dr. Mohamed reportedly was fired from his practice in Dearborn, court records show.
In the criminal case, up to eight other female victims have reported their incidents to Michigan State Police investigators.
Dr. Mohamed waived the preliminary examination before First District Judge Mark S. Braunlich and the first case now moves to Monroe County Circuit Court. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 31.