ATHENS, Ga. -- A suspended Athens doctor who was arrested more than three years ago on a patient’s complaint that she’d been raped by the doctor while sedated in his office has been found guilty on two felony counts of making a false statement to police.
Mark Alan Adams, 52, was found guilty during a Thursday bench trial before Clarke County Superior Court Judge H. Patrick Haggard.
Adams chose to be tried by a judge rather than a jury.
The urologist had been arrested by Athens-Clarke County police in September 2010 on charges of rape and sexual battery based on his patient’s allegations and an investigation by the police department’s Sex Crimes Unit.
But a grand jury that was presented the case no-billed the sexual assault charges and instead indicted Adams on two counts of making a false statement to the detective who investigated the assault allegations.
A false statement was made when he denied that he had sexual contact with the patient, according to the indictment, and another time when Adams told the detective he was never alone with the woman in his office after hours.
Athens attorney Edward Tolley maintained that his client had always denied sexually assaulting his patients and that the sex had been consensual.
At the conclusion of Thursday’s bench trial, the judge sentenced Adams as a first offender and ordered him to serve five years of probation.
As special conditions of probation, Haggard ruled that Adams cannot obtain a medical license for three years, though he was not prohibited from taking steps to obtain the license.
Also, the judge ruled, Adams is forbidden from treating female patients while he is on probation.
Sentenced as a first offender, Adams will be able to have his criminal record cleared of the felony convictions so long as he successfully completes probation.
As a result of the allegations, the Georgia Composite Medical Board suspended Adams’ license pending the outcome of the criminal case. He owned Athens Urological Associates on Baxter Street.
Adams’ former patient, who subsequently moved to Florida, filed suit in an attempt to be compensated for “permanent injury and emotional damage” caused by the alleged rape, according to the complaint filed in Clarke County Superior Court in June 2011.
According to the lawsuit, the patient was referred to Adams in the fall of 2007 after she was treated at a local hospital for a possible infection and a bladder condition. The doctor diagnosed her as having severe kidney inflammation and she was admitted to the hospital again in 2008 with acute abdominal pain, the lawsuit noted. During follow-up care, Adams diagnosed the patient with other ailments that caused extreme pain, according to the lawsuit.
The care provided was highly unorthodox, the lawsuit contended. Adams allegedly made after-hours appointments, when no staff was present, to perform vaginal examinations while the patient was sedated, and personally drove the woman to pharmacies to fill prescriptions. The unusual office visits continued through the summer of 2009 when the sexual assault allegations surfaced.
The former patient dismissed the lawsuit in October.