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Former doctor denied lenient probation terms

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KELLIE ROBINSON
The Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY - A former gastroenterologist from Ennis appeared before Judge Gene Knize in the 40th district court on July 11 to appeal the terms of his probation after he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two female patients under sedation in 2005.

Aniruddha Ashok Chitale, 40, received six months in the county jail and 10 year's probation after two female patients came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct during medical procedures in which they were sedated.

In October, 2004, Sherri Simpson was under Chitale's care for a colonoscopy.

At some point during the procedure, Chitale said he felt 'wetness' in his underwear and placed his hand in his pants to see what had happened.

Some time after performing this action and before Simpson came out of anesthesia Chitale touched Simpson's face.

Following the procedure, a DNA swab of Simpson's cheek and lips revealed the presence of semen belonging to Chitale.

Chitale also pleaded guilty to assaulting another female patient under sedation a year prior to the incident involving Simpson.

Since no penetration of either victim occurred, the assaults did not meet the State's burden to ensure a felony conviction for Chitale.

Chitale did, however, plead guilty to two counts of sexual assault and misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and public lewdness.

As part of Chitale's plea bargain, he would not be allowed to participate in activities which may include children under the age of 17 and he is prohibited from going within 100 yards of any place where children may gather.

He is also required to be supervised by an approved adult over the age of 21 while he is with any child under 17.

This stipulation includes his own three children, ages seven, eight and 10.

Chitale's Internet access is also electronically monitored at his own expense - a requirement he claimed placed undue monetary distress upon his family.

These were the restrictions he was filing to have removed from his probation conditions at the Wednesday hearing.

After a one-hour hearing, during which time both Chitale and his wife testified, Knize denied all but one of Chitale's motions, allowing him to have unsupervised visits with his children.

Chitale was ordered to register as a sex offender following his original conviction and surrendered his Texas medical license.

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