Dr. Chitale case still stings
By 02/21/2008 00:00:00
Given 10 years probation and served six months in the Ellis County jail
The Ellis County Press
ENNIS - Dr. Aniruddha Chitale was accused of sedating more than 20 patients at his Ennis Regional Medical Center office and molesting them over a four-year period. One case which generated the attention of The Dallas Morning News involved a victim who woke up to find semen on her face.
Chitale was later given 10 years probation and served six months in the Ellis County jail. He later had his medical license revoked.
In the DMN article, Chitale was reported in a deposition as saying, '…the evidence in Mrs. Simpson's case was caused accidentally.
He said he was moving around a lot during her procedure, causing his pelvic region to rub up against the stretcher.
'When he felt something wet in his pants, he put his hand in his pants to check what it was. He then wiped his hand with gauze before tapping Mrs. Simpson's cheek with the same hand to make sure she was waking up.'
In response, County/District Attorney Joe Grubbs and his assistant, Patrick M. Wilson, who handles most of the sex crime cases, were quoted as saying 'semen did not prove a crime had occurred.'
After the DMN story, Ennis Regional's top two administrators resigned. Victims, according to court documents, filed complaint after complaint with the Ennis Police Department and medical staff as far back as 2003. Det. Dave Smith, the lead investigator on the case, was allegedly caught using city-issued video equipment to tape his wife having sexual intercourse with another man in his presence.
Smith now works for the Red Oak Police Department.
Grubbs' office is currently engaged in a lawsuit to prevent victims from obtaining more information about the Chitale case, according to two sources close to the case.
After state Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled certain information was to be released, Grubbs' office reportedly filed suit to block the order.