Delco doc­tor charged with mo­lest­ing two fe­male pa­tients

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Rose Quinn rquinn@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @rquin­ndelco on Twit­ter

UP­PER DARBY » A physi­cian has been charged with al­legedly fondling two fe­male pa­tients at his of­fice on Long Lane, and au­thor­i­ties now are con­cerned that there may be other vic­tims.

Dr. Brij Be­hari Sri­vas­tava, 82, of the 900 block of Waters Edge in Up­per Prov­i­dence, sur­ren­dered Tues­day morn­ing on two counts of in­de­cent as­sault, a sec­ond-de­gree mis­de­meanor of­fense, ac­cord­ing to town­ship Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Chit­wood and on­line court records.

Sri­vas­tava, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife and de­fense at­tor­ney, was later re­leased af­ter post­ing 10 per­cent of $50,000 bail.

“He was no­ti­fied Fri­day that we had a war­rant for him,” Chit­wood said Tues­day af­ter­noon.

“He def­i­nitely de­nies the charges and we are start­ing our in­ves­ti­ga­tion now,” de­fense at­tor­ney John Neu­mann Hickey said Tues­day evening.

The charges against Sri­vas­tava stem from in­ci­dents that al­legedly oc­curred at his of­fice, Long Lane Med­i­cal Cen­ter, at 434 Long Lane. An in­ternist, Sri­vas­tava also has af­fil­i­a­tions with Delaware County Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal in Up­per Darby and Mercy Fitzger­ald Hos­pi­tal in Darby Bor­ough, ac­cord­ing to an on­line pro­file.

The first in­ci­dent in­volved a 26-year-old Philadel­phia woman. She ar­rived at the med­i­cal of­fice on the morn­ing of July 3 for a rou­tine phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion.

“He takes her into his pri­vate exam room, by him­self,” Chit­wood said. “He moves his hand up un­der her shirt, touch­ing her breast over her bra.”

Sri­vas­tava, Chit­wood said cit­ing re­ports, then com­mented about be­ing sur­prised by the size of the woman’s breasts.

“He tried to move his hand un­der her bra, and she pushed him away,” Chit­wood said. “Ac­cord­ing to the woman, he was fondling her more than ex­am­in­ing her.”

Be­cause it was the Fourth of July hol­i­day, Chit­wood said the woman waited un­til July 6 to file a po­lice re­port.

The sec­ond in­ci­dent oc­curred Nov. 1 and in­volved a 52-year-old Yeadon woman.

Ac­cord­ing to Chit­wood, the woman had been to see Sri­vas­tava on Oct. 13, at which time he gave her a pre­scrip­tion for a mam­mo­gram. Sri­vas­tava then called the woman Sun­day night, Oct. 29.

“He calls and asks her to come to see him,” Chit­wood said.

Though the woman told au­thor­i­ties she didn’t un­der­stand why the doc­tor wanted to see her, she in­di­cated that she couldn’t come to the of­fice un­til Tues­day, Oct. 31.

Ac­cord­ing to Chit­wood, the woman showed up at the of­fice on Nov. 1.

At that time, Chit­wood said, Sri­vas­tava took the woman into the exam room and re­port­edly asked her if she had made the ap­point­ment for a mam­mo­gram. The woman in­di­cated that she was in the process of sched­ul­ing the ap­point­ment.

“He asked her to stand in place and to put her arms out, which she did,” Chit­wood said.

At that point, Sri­vas­tava al­legedly slipped his hand up un­der her blouse and “grabbed and squeezed her breast,” Chit­wood said.

He then al­legedly leaned in and whis­pered, “I like this,” in the woman’s ear, Chit­wood said.

The Yeadon woman pushed the physi­cian away. As she left the of­fice, Chit­wood said she told a nurse, “Your doc­tor’s got a prob­lem.”

The woman no­ti­fied po­lice a short time later.

Ac­cord­ing to Chit­wood, the first in­ci­dent was still an open in­ves­ti­ga­tion when the sec­ond in­ci­dent was re­ported.

“Ob­vi­ously, we are con­cerned. Are there other vic­tims out there?” Chit­wood said.

Ac­cord­ing to the state li­cens­ing sys­tem, Sri­vas­tava’s li­cense is cur­rently ac­tive. His li­cense, which was is­sued in 1986, was last re­newed Dec. 5, 2016, and ex­pires Dec. 31, 2018.

Sri­vas­tava has been pre­vi­ously dis­ci­plined for fail­ure to pay a re­quired CAT Fund emer­gency sur­charge in 1996, which re­sulted in a sus­pen­sion of his med­i­cal li­cense for a year and a $1,000 fine, ac­cord­ing to state records. The sur­charge is a re­quire­ment of the Health Care Ser­vices Mal­prac­tice Act, which es­tab­lishes a statewide sys­tem to en­sure that funds are avail­able to the vic­tims of med­i­cal mal­prac­tice in the Com­mon­wealth.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Up­per Darby po­lice at 610-7347693.

Sri­vas­tava’s pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is listed for Dec. 1 be­fore Mag­is­te­rial District Judge Christo­pher R. Mat­tox.

Dr. Brij Sri­vas­tava

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