Trial Begins For Charlotte Doctor Accused of Sexual Assault

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

EATON COUNTY (WILX)-- The trial began Tuesday for a Charlotte doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients. Kassem Hallak is charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual conduct. All 11 female patients say he inappropriately touched them, and he's accused of having sex with one patient in the office.

Doctor Hallak sat calmly as prosecutors read the charges. Nine of the victims went to see him while he worked at the Charlotte Medical Center and Urgent Care. Two had him as their physician while he was working in Eaton Rapids. The victims were between the ages of 12 and 50 at the time of their assaults.

"Some went in on a urgent care basis. Some had been seeing him as their doctor," explained Eaton County Prosecutor Kelly Morton.

Prosecutors say at least three of the victims claim Hallak spanked them while giving them shot's in the hip area. He then supposedly tried to take it further with some of them.

"After that he told her I'll give you anything you want."

Hallak's attorney, Elias Muawad, says the women misinterpreted his medical techniques. Tapping the injection area is common practice.

"When we get into the shot issue there is really no issue We will see that in the future testimony."

Prosecutors say the assaults started in 2006, but it wasn't until 2010 that a victim reported Hallak to the police.

"I wanted him to stop doing what he was doing. You're in such a state of shock you don't understand. Then oh my god! Everything becomes completely clear," said the first victim to testify.

The first victim to testify did admit to going back to Hallak the very same day, because of confusion over a prescription he wrote. She claims he then assaulted her a second time by putting his hand down her shirt.

The fact that she went back has Muawad questioning her testimony.

"She gets allegedly assaulted, goes to CVS, and supposedly she goes back. If your getting assaulted by a doctor are you going to go back and see him?"

The trial is expected to take at least three weeks. The other alleged victims are scheduled to take the stand in the coming days, as is Dr. Hallak. We're following this closely and will bring you the latest as the trial progresses.

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