November 28, 2014

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Doctor indicted on fondling charges

ELYRIA — An Elyria doctor already facing lawsuits from two women who have accused him of fondling them has added a 14-count indictment to his legal problems.

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Somnath Roy, 42, of Avon is charged with abduction, six counts of gross sexual imposition and seven counts of sexual imposition for incidents dating back to 2004. He surrendered at the county jail Thursday and was released on bond. 

Among the accusers are one male patient and several female patients, as well as a woman who worked for Roy for two days before she quit and a job candidate, both of whom Roy allegedly fondled under the guise of breast examinations.

Kenneth Lieux, Roy’s attorney, said the indictment is the result of alleged victims coming forward after learning that Roy was being sued by two women with “dollar signs in their eyes.”

“His position is: He’s done nothing wrong, and he intends to practice medicine as he always has,” Lieux said.

Joan Wehrle, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Medical Board, said Roy has an active medical license and can continue to practice. Charges aren’t enough to suspend him, but if he is convicted of gross sexual imposition charges, Roy’s medical license automatically would be suspended.

“These are very serious charges, and the medical board is going to be following the court proceedings closely,” Wehrle said.

Jim Walther, the attorney representing the first woman to sue Roy for more than $1 million earlier this year, said his client was fondled by Roy, who also allegedly told her to wear a padded bra so she “looked bigger.” At one point, Roy refused to allow his client to leave the room, Walther said.

“Obviously she’s pleased that the criminal side of the justice system is taking action to prevent him from doing this to anyone else,” Walther said. “You can see from the dates of the indictment that this has been going on for some time.”

Just days before that woman quit her job in March, another woman, who is suing Roy for more than $1.5 million, interviewed for a job and says she was fondled and asked to take off her pants.

Among other complaints that have reached Walther and Elyria police are a couple who complained that Roy asked them explicit questions about their sex life, a man who accused Roy of rubbing his genitals on his knee and thigh during examinations, and other women who complained of being fondled.

County Prosecutor Dennis Will said many of the allegations against Roy were similar in nature.

“There was a consistent pattern to his activities,” he said.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.