April 16, 2014

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Trial starts for doctor accused of groping patients

ELYRIA — An Elyria doctor accused of groping patients, a woman who worked for him and a job candidate went on trial Tuesday on charges of abduction, gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition.

Somnath Roy, 47, strongly denies the allegations, his attorney, Kenneth Lieux, said after the first day of Roy’s trial.

Roy was first accused in 2007 of groping the job candidate and the employee in separate lawsuits.

He allegedly fondled the worker on her first day of work while demonstrating a breast exam and told her she had small breasts. He also allegedly blocked the door and prevented her from leaving, according to a lawsuit the woman filed, and gave her a hug.

The next day, he allegedly told her she needed to wear a padded bra so she would “look bigger.”

The other woman accused Roy of insisting on giving her a breast exam during a job interview and asking her to take off her pants.

Roy has previously said that the people who have sued him are seeking money.

The other victims included one male patient and several females. Roy has continued to work while the charges against him have been pending.

The trial resumes today.

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