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Dr Sam Sannoufi Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Patients

Dr. Sam Sannoufi, of Newport Beach, Arrested Once Again For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Patients At Timeless Skincare Laser Clinic and Primary Care Family Practice In Riverside

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RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (July 10, 2023) – A Riverside doctor identified as Sam Sannoufi has been arrested once more for allegedly sexually assaulting his medical patients.

Riverside County Police Department officials are saying that the doctor was first arrested after a 27-year-old female patient came forward. She told authorities that Dr. Sam Sannoufi assaulted her during a consultation exam.

He was booked and arrested on sexual assault charges before being released on a $1 million bail. After he was released additional victims began to come forward and said that they were also sexually assaulted.

On July 7, Dr. Sam Sannoufi was arrested again and is currently being held at the Robert Presley Detention Center without bail. Investigators believe that there are other victims that have not yet come forward.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Riverside Police Department. A full investigation into the alleged sexual assaults at the Timeless Skincare Laser Clinic and Primary Care Family Practice in Riverside remains ongoing.

Liability For Sexual Assaults By Medical Professionals

Doctors are held to a high regard in nearly every culture and country. Sadly, though, sexual assaults by doctors and other medical professionals is still very common. According to one study published in the Society of General Internal Medicine, “data from a 2011 study of disciplinary actions by medical licensing authorities […] from 2000 to 2009 showed an approximate rate of disciplinary actions for sexual misconduct of 25.1 per 10,000 physicians per 10 years.” Younger women are much more likely to become victims of sexual abuse by doctors. Sexual abuse by medical professionals can come in many different forms.

  • Performing unnecessary medical procedures for sexual gratification.
  • Touching the private areas of patients when this is not needed.
  • Sexually assaulting patients while they are unconscious.

When a doctor sexually abuses a patient, their employer could be held at fault under the legal theory that the doctor was negligently hired or supervised. There are a number of things that must be demonstrated with such a claim. (1) The doctor was unfit for the job they were hired for. (2) The doctor’s employer knew or should have known that they were a risk to patients. (3) The unfitness of the doctor proximately caused a patient’s injuries. (4) The employer’s negligent hiring, supervision or retaining of the doctor was a substantial factor in causing the harm. Victims of sexual abuse by medical professionals should take a number of steps to preserve their rights.

  • A police report of the incident should be created.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records related to the incident should be preserved.
  • Prior complaints against the doctor in question should be sought.
  • An experienced sexual abuse attorney should be consulted.

Most doctors convicted of sexual abuse had a history of questionable behaviors or records that should have disqualified them. But far too often these red flags are completely overlooked. Any person that is sexually abused by a doctor may be able to seek some measure of justice and accountability through a civil claim. Sadly, though, it is common for doctors and their employers to deny any responsibility for a sexual assault that takes place under their watch.

Investigating Riverside Sexual Assault Claims   

We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP extend our best wishes to all of the people who may have been harmed by the actions of Dr. Sam Sannoufi. The allegations and the number of patients who have come forward is deeply troubling. It is our sincere hope that there is a thorough investigation into what went wrong. There needs to be accountability across the board including anyone who may have facilitated the abuse.

Have you or someone that you care about been sexually abused or assaulted by a doctor in California? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. You can hold those responsible to account through a civil action. Our team of highly experienced sexual abuse attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We have achieved record breaking settlements for our clients and specialize in sexual abuse claims. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.

Author

MICHAEL S. CARRILLO, Partner

Michael works on high-profile cases that have garnered national media attention. His practice today focuses on child sexual abuse cases, police misconduct cases, catastrophic injuries and other wrongful death matters. He is a passionate advocate for his clients including the countless child sexual abuse victims he currently represents.