Jury Begins Deliberations in Trial of Charlotte Doctor
FOX 47 News
Jury deliberations are expected to begin this morning in the trial of a Charlotte doctor accused of molesting his patients. The trial started about three weeks ago.
Dr. Kassem Hallak is accused of molesting nearly a dozen of his patients between November of 2009 and July of 2010. Prosecutors say many of the assaults happened at Hallak's office at the Charlotte Medical Center and Urgent Care on Meijer Drive.
Over the past few weeks the alleged victims, experts, Hallak's wife, and even the doctor himself took the stand. One 15-year old testified that Hallak groped her during several visits after her mother stepped out of the examination room. Another woman claimed he spanked and massaged her.
Mrs. Hallak told the court the victims are lying, claiming her husband would have never been alone with a female patient. Dr. Hallak denies he molested any of his patients, claiming his medical records are proof. Hallak's attorney argued that some of the alleged victims returned to Hallak's office after the initial incidents.
Dr. Hallak is charged with 11 counts of sexual misconduct and could get up to 15 years in prison if he's convicted.