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The Star-Ledger
Psychiatrist accused of fondling female patient
by Jim O\’Neill

A psychiatrist has been arrested on a charge of fondling a female patient during a counseling session in his office in Edison last week, Middlesex County authorities said today.

Chowdhury Azam, 54, of the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, was charged with a count of criminal sexual contact after the patient, described as a woman in her 20s, told police last Friday that he improperly touched her earlier that day, authorities said.

The woman went to police following the visit to her doctor\’s office at Compass Behavioral Health on Pierson Avenue in Edison, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua said.

Steven Altman, a New Brunswick attorney representing Azam, denied wrongdoing and said his client reported the accusation on Monday to the state Board of Medical Examiners, as required by law. The board has not taken any action, but may independently investigate the charge and conduct an administrative hearing, the defense lawyer said.

Azam \”denies this allegation and he looks forward to having an opportunity – once he learns more of the specifics of what he is accused of doing – to explain to the authorities the circumstances surrounding the allegation in order to prove his innocence,\” Altman said.

Azam remains free after posting $50,000 bail on Friday. If convicted, he faces a term of up to 18 months at the Middlesex County jail.