Local Doctor Arrested For Fondling Patients

June 8, 2009

photo of Dr Richard LewisOn Friday, June 5, 2009, the Mesa Police Department arrested a local doctor for two counts of Sex Abuse. The case involved Dr. Richard J. Lewis, 53, who is accused of fondling two different female patients during medical exams.

The first event occurred on October 30, 2008, when Lewis is accused of fondling a patient's breasts during a pre-surgery exam. The second event was on June 4, 2009, when Lewis was performing surgery. As the procedure was finishing, the patient awoke to sharp pain in her breasts. As she became more awake from the sedation, she realized that Lewis had his hands under her gown and he was squeezing her breasts.

Based on the nature of the crimes, there is the possibility that there may be other victims who have not reported similar events. The department is asking that anyone with information contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.



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Mesa, AZ 85211

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