OKLAHOMA CITY -
The Oklahoma City Police Department says Kersi Bharucha, 59, was arrested Thursday morning at his OU Physicians Office on one count of sexual battery.
Bharucha is an associate professor in OU Medicine's Department of Neurology, according to his biography page.
The neurologist is accused of inappropriately touching a patient when she was at a routine visit last October.
According to the probable cause affidavit, they were sitting across from each other talking about the medical reasons for the visit.
“SU Bharucha grabbed VI-R.N.’s wrist and placed her hand on his penis over his clothing. He continued to talk to her normally about her medical condition while he rubbed her hand up and down on his penis. She said his penis became hardened.
She did not know what to do in that moment. SU Bharucha stopped and let go of her wrist. He acted as if nothing happened.”
The court document goes on to say that the victim went to a follow-up visit in February and recorded her conversation with Bharucha.
“She asked SU Bharucha why he took her hand and rubbed his penis. SU Bharucha was heard saying on the recording, “I don’t know why I did that. I’m sorry.”
That’s when the victim went to police.
Police said Bharucha was not with a patient at the time of his arrest, but there were patients in the waiting room.
“Investigators felt that it was important once they determined that a crime had indeed occurred to stop him from seeing any other patients, to prevent this from happening to anyone else,” said Master Sgt., Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
The Oklahoma Medical Board tells us Bharucha has been licensed in our state since 1995 and is board certified in psychiatry and neurology.
The board has never taken formal action against him, but will now be looking into this allegation.
Police are now looking into whether there could be more victims.
“Whenever we have a case like this, we always want to know if this is a one-time event or if he’s been engaging in a pattern of behavior,” Knight said.
Bharucha was released from jail Friday morning on $5000 bond.
OU Physicians sent us a statement saying they are cooperating with law enforcement regarding the matter and have put Dr. Kersi Bharucha on administrative leave pending further information.