Law & Crime
New York Jury Convicts Neurologist on a Dozen Counts for Raping and Sexually Assaulting Six of His Patients
By Adam Klasfeld
July 29th, 2022
A New York jury convicted a former pain management doctor and neurologist of raping, abusing and sexually assaulting six of his patients whom he hooked on opioids, the district attorney’s office announced on Friday.
Ricardo Cruciani, 68, has now stands convicted on a dozen charges, including a count of predatory sexual assault, one count of attempted rape in the first degree, one count of sexual abuse in the first degree, two counts of rape in the third degree, and seven counts of criminal sexual act in the third degree.
His sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 14. The predatory sexual assault charge is itself punishable by up to life in prison…
Prosecutors say that Cruciani talked about his family matters and other personal issues with patients in order to build a relationship and exploited his training as a psychiatrist to ask “intrusive and revealing questions about private matters.” …