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Berwyn doctor found guilty of sexually assaulting patient

(MCT) — A doctor was found guilty Monday of sexually assaulting a patient while he examined her for flu-like symptoms, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

After a four-hour deliberation, a jury at Cook County Criminal Court in Maywood found Ricardo Arze, 53, of Berwyn, guilty of criminal sexual assault, state's attorney's office spokesman Andy Conklin said.

The victim, who was 48, sought help from Arze at his office in 2005 after having flu-like symptoms, prosecutors said.

They said Arze sexually assaulted and inappropriately touched the woman while he examined her at an office in the 7100 block of West Cermak Road in Berwyn. The victim later reported the assault to authorities.

The victim, who does not speak English, testified through a translator at the trial, which began May 1, according to the state's attorney's office.

The conviction is the first following an investigation that revealed that many other patients had a similar experience during examinations by Arze, according to the state's attorney's office.

Prosecutors have filed charges in cases involving 15 other victims. He also faces a separate charge of practicing medicine without a license after he allegedly continued to see patients after his license was suspended.

Arze was first arrested after he provided treatment to an undercover officer, according to the state's attorney's office. He was first charged in 2007 with battery after he allegedly fondled his patients.

A Tribune investigation in 2010 found that it took complaints of sexual assault from at least four patients before Arze was charged in Criminal Court and had his license suspended.

Arze faces up to 15 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 4.

Investigations in the other cases continue. Arze is being held without bond, according to Cook County Sheriff's Office records.

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