Dr. Ogbonnaya Re-Arrested On Additional Charges

June 25, 2010

Dr. Gabriel Ogbonnaya was arrested at approximately 3:00 p.m. today at his Mesa medical office. In addition to the original two counts of sexual abuse, he now has an additional eight counts of sexual abuse and two counts of sexual assault.

Ogbonnaya was originally arrested on June 9, 2010 when two female patients came forward and reported that he had touched them inappropriately during office visits. As a result of the first case, six additional victims came forward. Each victim gave similar information as to their visits with Ogbonnaya. All of the victims were female and have no relationship or friendship with each other.

Detectives have fielded more than 25 calls in reference to Ogbonnaya since the arrest on June 9. Through the interviews, probable cause for the new charges was developed. Over the past two weeks, detectives have consulted with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office several times, and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office was fully aware that Ogbonnaya was going to be re-arrested.

When detectives arrived at his office, they were told that Ogbonnaya was not available and they would have to speak to his attorney. The staff refused to unlock the doors from the lobby to allow them access to Ogbonnaya. Detectives were certain that he was in the office and had to access the back of the office by going over a counter. Ogbonnaya was found locked in his office and, after several minutes of negotiation, he unlocked the door and was taken into custody.

Ogbonnaya was transported to Mesa Police headquarters, where he was booked for two counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual abuse. Five additional counts of sexual abuse have been added to his original arrest from June 9.



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