Redding doctor charged with sexual exploitation of patients

Doctor Hamid Rabiee explains the effects of ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in his office in Redding during a 2017 interview.

A Redding neurologist was arrested Thursday night on multiple felony charges after being accused of sexual harassment by four of his female patients. Hamid Rabiee faces nine felony counts, including sexual exploitation of a patient, sexual battery by restraint and false imprisonment.

Details of the charges were released early Thursday evening by Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett.

"He did use force by physically grabbing each of them and restraining them in place during the conduct," Bridgett said.

The four women all came to law enforcement at different times, and were not aware of each other's accusations, according to Bridgett.

The Shasta County District Attorney's Office released a statement detailing the charges. Rabiee is accused of touching intimate parts of the victims' bodies, including their breasts, buttocks and vaginal area. According to the D.A.'s office, the acts were done under the guise of legitimate medical treatment.

The abuses allegedly took place over a five-year period, according to the Redding Police Department.

Bridgett said the first complaint was filed against Rabiee in 2015, but he couldn't be formally charged until more evidence was collected.

"After a complete and through investigation with multiple interviews, the case was able to be pieced together to the point where we were able to file a case," Bridgett said.

Rabiee could be arraigned as late as Tuesday if he stays in custody, according to Bridgett, who said he was arrested at his place of business in Redding early Thursday evening. His bail was set at $225,000.

Redding Police encourages anyone with additional information about their ongoing investigation to contact them immediately.

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