A doctor charged with sexual battery groped a former employee on two occasions and laughed when she rejected his advances, the woman testified Wednesday at the preliminary hearing of Medhat Michael.
The woman was a 29-year-old nursing student when she went to work for Michael at his Edmond clinic in September 2011. She quit after about a month and now lives out of state.
She testified that Michael routinely made inappropriate comments about her appearance and “moaned” in a sexual manner when she walked past. Twice, she testified, the doctor put his hands on her hips and thrust his lower body into hers, once when she was facing him and again when she was leaning over a counter in a break room.
“That is not OK. You need to stop right now,” she testified telling Michael. “He just laughed at me.”
Michael, 54, of Oklahoma City, is the owner of Best Care Medical Center, 1265 E 33rd St.
Michael is charged with four counts of sexual battery. The physician is accused of inappropriately touching or kissing four female employees between November 2010 and October 2011, court records show.
The witness recounted how Michael made her feel “uncomfortable” the day she interviewed for the job.
“He hugged me, and it was a really close hug,” she said. “I quickly learned it wasn't going to stop at a hug.”
A judge will decide if there is enough probable cause to send Michael to trial. The other alleged victims are scheduled to testify when the hearing continues Friday.
Michael has agreed not to practice medicine until the resolution of his criminal case, an attorney for the state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision said Wednesday.
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