Roswell Daily Record
Psychiatrist flees country
February 24, 2016
A local psychiatrist is believed to have fled the country this week after Roswell police began investigating an allegation that the doctor had sexually assaulted one of his female patients.
An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Sujan Thyagaraj, 37. He is charged with criminal sexual penetration, a third-degree felony that holds a potential prison sentence of up to three years. The criminal complaint was filed in Magistrate Court in Roswell Wednesday.
RPD’s Criminal Investigation Division began the investigation when the alleged victim came to the police department Monday to report what she said had occurred at Tryagaraj’s office in the 1700 block of North Union Avenue that day. The 32-year-old woman told a detective that during her session with the doctor Monday, Thyagaraj had pulled her hand into contact with his exposed genitals multiple times, despite her repeatedly pulling back her hand, and had also contacted her mouth with his genitals.
A detective questioned Thyagaraj at the doctor’s office Monday. The doctor denied doing anything the woman had alleged. Based on information given by the woman and the doctor, as well as potential evidence collected from Thyagaraj’s office during execution of a search warrant Tuesday, a judge issued the arrest warrant Wednesday.
Also Wednesday, investigators learned Thyagaraj had called in sick to work that day and told the doctor with whom he shares the office that he was going back to India. Investigators have confirmed Thyagaraj boarded a flight and has left the country. Investigators are hopeful Thyagaraj can be taken into custody elsewhere and eventually extradited to the United States to face the charge filed against him in Roswell.