Sex assault allegations prompt suspension of doctor’s license;
State’s attorney’s office, Waukegan police review the case for criminal charges
By Ruth Fuller
July 4, 2014
Prosecutors said they have not yet decided whether they will criminally charge a Libertyville psychiatrist who has been sued civilly for two alleged cases of sexual assault, one of which occurred in November and resulted in his DNA being found inside a woman’s body.
Waukegan police and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s office are investigating the complaints against Dr. Anil Ramachandran, whose license to practice medicine in Illinois was suspended April 18.
The allegations describe a complex conspiracy in which Ramachandran allegedly assaulted two female patients, then coerced one to incriminate the other after she reported her assault to police.
Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim said his office is “screening the case” of the woman who filed the report, and a decision has not been made about whether to file criminal charges. He said his office is awaiting several more documents needed to make the decision, which he expects will be received shortly.
“We have asked police to do some follow-up investigating,” Nerheim said. “Once that is complete, we will review it.”
A woman who answered the phone at Ramachandran’s Mundelein office said “he is taking some time off.” She said she would get a message to him, but he did not return a call for comment…