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More charges levied against Fox Chapel doctor

| Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, 10:35 a.m.
Patrick Cloonan | Daily News
Dr. Raja Chakrapani of Fox Chapel is driven away from the White Oak courtroom where he faces eight counts of indecent assault and four of harassment in cases out of White Oak, West Mifflin and Swissvale.
Patrick Cloonan | Daily News
Dr. Raja Chakrapani of Fox Chapel walks away from reporters after an arraignment on new charges of indecent assault and harassment filed with the magisterial district judge's office in White Oak.
Patrick Cloonan | Daily News
Defense attorney Patrick Thomassey accompanies Dr. Raja Chakrapani of Fox Chapel out of a White Oak courtroom where he faces eight counts of indecent assault and four of harassment in cases out of White Oak, West Mifflin and Swissvale.
Patrick Cloonan | Daily News
Dr. Raja Chakrapani of Fox Chapel awaits arraignment before Magisterial District Judge Beth S. Mills on new charges of indecent assault and harassment in a case that has put a hold on his medical practice, including offices in White Oak, West Mifflin and Swissvale.

As new charges are filed against a physician with Mon-Yough practices, his attorney says his accusers are retaliating for his not wanting to be their doctor.

Dr. Raja Chakrapani, 59, of Fox Chapel was arraigned on two new sets of charges on Monday before Magisterial District Judge Beth S. Mills in White Oak.

In all, Chakrapani faces eight counts of indecent assault and four of harassment.

“All four don't seem to have a case for various reasons,” Chakrapani's attorney Patrick Thomassey told reporters as his client left the Rainbow Village Shopping Center courtroom.

Thomassey said his client had no comment and suggested the four plaintiffs “all may know each other.”

One woman said she was assaulted at Chakrapani's office along Homeville Road in West Mifflin. Another said she was assaulted at his office along Monongahela Avenue in Swissvale.

The West Mifflin Jane Doe told Allegheny County detectives Chakrapani would grab her breast with one hand while holding a stethoscope with the other.

The Swissvale Jane Doe told detectives Chakrapani kissed her, caressed her breasts and tried to get her to touch his private parts.

Previously two women made accusations about activity at Chakrapani's R.C. Medical Associates along Lincoln Way in White Oak.

One said Chakrapani rubbed his private parts against her arm on “most of her appointments” from December through June. The other said he rubbed his privates on her leg during an appointment a year ago.

“Most of it doesn't make sense,” Thomassey said. “You go back to a doctor who said he improperly touched you in January and she kept coming back until July.”

Mills was substituting for Magisterial District Judge Thomas Miller Jr., who is scheduled to consider a preliminary hearing on all four sets of charges on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Chakrapani is free on his own recognizance.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached, at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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