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Jury selection to begin in trial of Buckingham psychiatrist charged with fondling patients
October 7, 2014
By Hayden Mitman

Psychiatrist Basem Shlewiet

Psychiatrist Basem Shlewiet

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday in the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown for the trial of a Buckingham psychiatrist charged with fondling his patients, including seven women and a 17-year-old girl.

Basem Shlewiet, 42, of Green Ridge Road, is charged with multiple counts of unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and indecent assault after several of his patients told police that he fondled them under the guise of testing their blood pressure and heart rate, authorities said.

If convicted, Shlewiet — whose practice was in Doylestown — could serve more than five years in a state prison.

As detailed in a preliminary hearing in March, the stories from the eight alleged victims — who are all expected to testify this week — are basically the same. They all claim they were inappropriately touched by Shlewiet while they were seeking treatment as his patients.

When he was arrested in January, three women had accused Shlewiet of touching them in a sexual manner. Following media reports of his arrest, another five alleged victims came forward to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office with further allegations of abuse.

Basem Shlewiet