America based Nigerian Medical doctor, Edwin A.Njoku has been arraigned in Court charged with raping a woman patient.
Judge Stanley T. Fuger Jr. granted Njoku bail in the sum of $825,000 and ordered him to hand in his U.S. and Nigerian passports before posting bail after the woman told police that Njoku raped her. Anolan Drago, came forward Wednesday speaking live on television, saying that she wants to see the doctor jailed.
Njoku was charged with first-degree sexual assault, two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, bribery of a witness and first-degree unlawful restraint after a local woman claimed he assaulted her sexually in his surgery.
The allegation has been contested by many women in the county who came forward and showed up in court to decry the allegation, claiming that Njoku has been a victim of circumstances and that he is an innocent person.
East Hartford police in in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States continue to investigate the allegations and are interviewing many women who have called police since his arrest Tuesday, claiming he had a go at them.
He was arrested on Tuesday and charged to court as police investigation continues.
“After announcing Njoku’s arrest on Tuesday, police were flooded with calls from other women making similar allegations against him”, said East Hartford Police Lt. Curt Stoldt.
“Any person that has information to provide should contact us,” Stoldt said.
According to the warrant for Njoku’s arrest, released Wednesday, Njoku’s DNA was found on Drago and her clothing hours after she said she had been assaulted.
She reported the assault to police and was taken to Hartford Hospital, where medical staff collected physical evidence.
Drago, 28, of Hartford, told police that she went to Njoku for treatment of lower back pain, an ailment for which he had treated her for about three years and for which he had prescribed Percocet.
Drago said Wednesday that she called Njoku’s office, Christus Medical Group, on Oct. 21 because she needed to retrieve her medical records from Njoku’s office for her lawyer for a slip-and-fall case.
Njoku called her back that evening and told her to appear at his office at 2 p.m. the next day, which was a Saturday. When Drago arrived, she and Njoku were the only ones in the clinic, she told police.
He insisted on examining her, she said.
East Hartford police said Wednesday that now, 15 to 20 women have contacted them and made allegations against Dr. Edwin A. Njoku,. The East Hartford internist was charged with raping a patient in an exam room at his office in October.
“He did so many things that I don’t want to remember,” Drago said. “I can’t live like this. I have nightmares. I’ve been jumping from the bed, asking for help. Nobody understands how bad it is.”
At Njoku’s arraignment Wednesday at Superior Court in Manchester, his attorney, Hartford lawyer William Gerace, criticized police for going into Njoku’s office and arresting him in front of patients.
Gerace said he had told East Hartford police that he would turn in Njoku once he knew an arrest warrant had been signed.
Judge Stanley T. Fuger Jr. left Njoku’s bail at $825,000, ordered him to turn in his U.S. and Nigerian passports before posting bail and ordered him not to have any contact with his accuser.
One of the fourth-degree sexual assault charges involves another victim, according to court documents.
The Courant normally does not identify victims of sexual assault, but Drago agreed to be interviewed and agreed to have her name published.
He then asked Drago to lie down on an examination table. Drago said he held her down by pressing on her chest, and used his other hand to unbutton her pants. After fondling her vagina, he climbed on top of her, she said.
Drago told police that she told Njoku, “stop, let me go,” several times, but when she couldn’t stop him, she “laid there … and just … wanted him to finish and for it to be over.”
“He made a lot of pressure with his body on top of me,” she said. “I couldn’t fight back no more. I tried to scream, but it’s like I couldn’t breathe.” When it was over, according to the warrant, she said that Njoku said to her, “You weren’t looking for this?”
Drago said she left the office and caught a bus home to Hartford. She said that Njoku called her and asked her to return to his office, but she refused.
According to the warrant, Njoku also tried to contact Drago and her family to get them to withdraw the complaint.
Njoku, according to the warrant, told Drago’s father, “If I committed any error, everything has a solution we can fix.”
In November, according to the warrant, a mutual friend of Njoku and Drago’s family contacted the Drago family on Njoku’s behalf, offering money to avoid going to court.
Njoku also went to Drago’s home to try to see her and yelled from the street, according to the warrant. He left only after Drago’s father threatened to call police.
Police said that Njoku invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and would not be interviewed by police. After they obtained a search warrant for his DNA, they did ask him to talk.
“You want me to admit I had intercourse? I’m not going to do that,” Njoku said, according to the warrant.
He also told the officers, “Let the DNA show.”