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Athens doctor sentenced after patient rape charge

Monday, March 3, 2014 12:06 PM
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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.

Dr. Mark Alan Adams been found guilty on two felony counts of making a false statement to police.  SPECIAL
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Dr. Mark Alan Adams 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.

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InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/03/14 - 02:45 pm
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This makes me wonder why a

This makes me wonder why a woman would agree to after hour appointments when no female staff would be present during examinations?

GodisSoGood
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GodisSoGood 03/03/14 - 04:40 pm
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InChristLove, I agree. It

InChristLove, I agree. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that's not a good idea. Some people just do not have common sense. Not that i fault the victim, but you have to wonder if money was the issue.

The Mick
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The Mick 03/03/14 - 06:33 pm
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I agree with both above. I

I agree with both above. I don't want to blame a victim, but something stinks.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/03/14 - 08:11 pm
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These sex criminals pick

These sex criminals pick their victims carefully, they pick vulnerable women, usually poor and uneducated or that are alone or needy, that aren't likely to question what they are doing and are just grateful for help.

And they groom their victims carefully, and they love the process as much as the sex act. It's about power, control, and deception.

This is just one sick POS, it's too bad he's such a disgrace to the medical profession.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/03/14 - 08:14 pm
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The victim was 26, he

The victim was 26, he injected her with a drug before having sex with her. She was in extreme pain, and here was a doctor, that she trusted, that was offering to help her.

And this is exactly what they do, they prey upon people's need and trust.

billcass
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billcass 03/03/14 - 08:15 pm
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Not charged

If you read the story, he was not indicted on sexual assault charges. So calling her a victim and him a sex criminal contradicts the known facts of the case. This may have been nothing more than an after hours dalliance.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/03/14 - 09:08 pm
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Corgimom, you can believe

Corgimom, you can believe that stuff if you like but there are a lot of questions concerning this case.

"The woman first complained to police about Adams in June 2009, reporting that he'd fondled her, but she didn't want the doctor to know he was under investigation because Adams was scheduled to perform a surgical procedure on her"

SERIOUSLY....you have a doctor fondle you, you report him and you are still going to let him perform surgery on you....??????

""When she got (to the office) she was given a shot for pain ... only this time the shot which she was given did not put her to sleep," according to a police report"

SERIOUSLY? Why would you go to a doctor's office, allow him to give you a shot to put you to sleep? How did she expect to get home after being put to sleep? Why not bring a friend or family member to drive you home?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/03/14 - 11:01 pm
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Billcass, no, the grand jury

Billcass, no, the grand jury returned a no-bill. That doesn't mean that it didn't happen, it just means that they didn't indict him. That happens every day.

However, if you think it's normal for a doctor to inject a woman with a muscle relaxant and then have sex with her, I don't know what to tell you.

And she went to a rape counselor the next day.

Nope, doesn't sound like a dalliance to me.

As for going to a doctor's office and getting a pain shot, I've done that myself, there's nothing unusual about that. Perhaps you've never done it, ICL, but it's often done, especially for chronic conditions that flare up. I've also gone to ER's (University and MCG) for the same thing, and there was nobody to take me, so I had to take a taxi to the hospital and another to get back home. By the time I got to my house, I was so woozy and unsteady and couldn't walk normally, so the taxi driver had to help me to my front door. Fortunately, he was very kind and compassionate and decent.

So yes, I can easily see how it happened, and shame on anybody that blames the victim. She was very sick with kidney problems, and here was a doctor, offering help. And kidney problems are very painful.

She was in acute pain, and a doctor was offering to help her. Who wouldn't agree to that? But that's just what he counted on. That's what all those doctors that commit the sex crimes do, they prey upon sick people.

As for "bringing a friend or family member", for all any of us know, someone was going to pick her up later, or, like me, she was going to take a taxi. That happens too, it's not so unusual.

When a judge bars someone from holding a medical license for any length of time, that's very serious, and the judge didn't think it was consensual sex, either.

Although the story doesn't say, my guess is that she didn't have any money, and didn't have insurance, and that's why she accepted the doctor's help. And that's what he counted on, too.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/04/14 - 05:55 am
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You may be right Corgimom,

You may be right Corgimom, but there are still some questions concerning this case whether it was actually consensual sex and someone just got ticked off.....or whether this young woman was that "uninformed" and was taken advantage of. Personally, I think I'm more responsible enough to go to a doctor to get a shot knowing it is going to make me incapacitated to the point I pass out/sleep or make me so wozzy I'm unable to get into my house without help from a taxi driver.......normally not a good idea to purposely place yourself in situations where (a doctor or a taxi driver) can take advantage of you.

But then that's just my opinion.

iaaffg
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iaaffg 03/04/14 - 06:55 am
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wait a minute....he can

wait a minute....he can practice again in three years? seriously? why isn't his license revoked permanently? does he have to put a sex offender sign in front of his practice then? let's hope so!

myfather15
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myfather15 03/04/14 - 07:25 am
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People can be so naive!! I

People can be so naive!! I don't automatically trust EITHER side!! I'm certainly not going to call either a victim!! He COULD be a ruthless sexual predator, and she could be a money grubbing gold digger, who seduced him and planned the entire scenario, with intentions to sue!! We have NO IDEA!!

And for someone on here to ASSUME they know exactly what the Judge was thinking, is pretty typical of THEM, but it also shows their audacity!!

"Although the story doesn't say, my guess is that she didn't have any money, and didn't have insurance, and that's why she accepted the doctor's help. And that's what he counted on, too."

Yes, and it could also be the very reason she might have PLANNED this event, to get money!!

"And she went to a rape counselor the next day.

Nope, doesn't sound like a dalliance to me."

Really? With just this, you can determine that? The truth is this sounds like one of two things, a true sexual assault or a woman who KNOWS what she is doing!! You can NOT exclude either possibilities!!

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/04/14 - 07:53 am
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iaaffg, he can practice in

iaaffg, he can practice in three years because he was not charge with any sex crime. He was charge with making false statements.

The sexual case was "no bill" meaning the grand jury indicates that the criminal charges alleged therein against a suspect have not been sufficiently supported by the evidence presented before it to warrant his or her criminal prosecution.

So, you tell me, if someone accuses you of sexual assault and the grand jury finds there is not sufficient evidence to convict you, would you agree that even though YOU were not convicted of any sexual assault you would agree to place a sign in front of your residence or business stating you were a sex offender???

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jimmymac 03/04/14 - 09:42 am
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This sounds more like a case of a angry spurned lover. Too many red flags here to make the story believable.

redfish
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redfish 03/04/14 - 09:58 am
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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned...

Sounds like an affair gone bad to me.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/04/14 - 10:23 am
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"The former patient dismissed

"The former patient dismissed the lawsuit in October."

Seems she wasn't too confident either.......

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