A former psychiatrist who practiced in Monroe was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for sexually assaulting patients and also has been named in additional civil lawsuits, with the alleged victims seeking $10 million in damages.
Dr. Abdullahi A. Mohamed, 58, will spend the next year in jail after he was sentenced by Monroe County Circuit Judge Michael A. Weipert. In addition to imprisonment, Judge Weipert sentenced Dr. Mohamed to five years of probation and ordered that he no longer can practice medicine. The defendant also must stay away from the victims.
In January, Dr. Mohamed, whose license remains active through 2015 according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, pleaded no contest to three counts of criminal sexual conduct-fourth degree involving a mental health professional.
Up to nine women have complained to authorities that the psychiatrist took advantage of them while they were under his care. A Newport woman filed a civil lawsuit last summer in Wayne County Circuit Court seeking $10 million.
Since then, two others filed suits in Monroe County Circuit Court seeking the same amount in damages. All three plaintiffs are being represented by the same attorney, Gregory J. Rohl of Novi.
Earlier this month, a 48- yearold LaSalle woman claimed in her 13- page suit that Dr. Mohamed touched her sexually on six different occasions between January and May, 2012. During one visit, the defendant allegedly “ lifted up her shirt and inappropriately hugged and kissed the plaintiff,” the lawsuit read.
The psychiatrist reportedly told her he had sexually explicit dreams about her, then locked her inside his office. When she resisted his advances, the lawsuit claims, he told her, “Just wait. I will get you.”
In the other lawsuit filed by a 35- year- old Temperance woman, it was alleged that the defendant attempted to sexually assault the victim but she resisted. On another occasion, however, he was accused of lifting up her shirt and rubbing her breasts.
In both Monroe suits, the plaintiffs are seeking damages for emotional distress, sexual assault, fright and shock and other issues. The women claimed in court and in legal papers that they felt vulnerable during the assaults and were prescribed high doses of potent medications.
Also named in the civil suits were the Progressive Guidance Center of Monroe, 15502 S. Telegraph Rd.; Mercy Memorial Hospital where Dr. Mohamed was a staff physician until his termination, and the Family Health Clinic, 700 Stewart Rd., where he had an office.
Dr. Mohamed’s criminal attorney, Barry A. Resnick of Farmington Hills, said in court Thursday that his client has lost everything, including his license to practice, his home and his car.
Monroe County Assistant Prosecutor Amara Hunter said several victims spoke during the sentencing hearing describing their emotional and physical distress caused by the incidents. Dr. Mohamed said nothing in court.