A 34-year-old Moorpark resident, MD of Oxnard, Dr. Shamim Amini, and, was taken into custody the Simi Valley Police on charges of sexual assault and released a few days later. Police spokesperson, Sgt. Jeff Dominick, added that the department had arrested him under suspicion of committing three sex-related crimes while working as a physician in the hospital’s emergency room.
Amini was released from Ventura County Main Jail on his own recognizance after the district attorney’s office said it was not ready to file charges against the doctor. Chief Assistant D.A. Jim Ellison said that investigations were on going and added hopefully by the next court date they would have decided on filing charges.
According to Simi police, they arrested Amini’s after an extensive three-month long investigation into claims made by two women who alleged that they were sexually assaulted while in the emergency room. Sgt Jeff Dominick, added that it was possible both suffered all things done to them, or a combination of them and it was still under investigation.
On July 6, on suspicion of anal and genital penetration with a foreign object and sexual battery, Amini was arrested. The case involving two female emergency room patients at Simi Valley Hospital.
The police report states that the first allegation was made by a 26-year-old Simi Valley woman who said Amini assaulted her during an examination while she was admitted at the emergency room in April for a hernia. While the second claim was made in July by a 41-year-old Camarillo woman, who went to the emergency room following a motorcycle accident. the second allegation came at a time when Amini was already under police investigation without the hospitals official’s knowledge. Names of Both women were withheld.
Jeremy Brewer, spokesperson for Simi Valley Hospital said that the police didn’t inform the hospital of the investigation till the day of Amini’s arrest. Brewer added that after the arrest, the hospital officials checked for other complains in their patient log and only found a customer service complaint and nothing to do with sexual assault.
Amini who received his California medical license in 2006, was an emergency room physician under contract with Simi Valley Hospital and provided services on behalf of JJ&R Emergency Medical Group of Marina Del Rey. He has been at the hospital since July 2006.
The charges filed against Amini state that one victims, at the time was either unconscious or incapable of resisting the alleged sexual assault. While the other deals with penetration by a foreign object.
Amini’s bail was originally set at $500,000, but since the D.A. did not file charges, he was released without a bail. According to the background check done by the hospital prior to hiring, he had no prior records. He went to St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada and completed his residency at the University Hospital-State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse.
and his residency at the University Hospital-State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse.
The hospital spokesman said that Amini was removed from the schedule and barred from practicing medicine at the hospital.
Deputy Attorney Cindy M. Lopez for the Office of the Attorney General filed a petition. Administrative Law Judge H. Stuart Waxman on behalf of the Medical Board of California, issued a temporary suspension to Shamim Amini’s medical license.
Amini agreed not to practice or attempt to practice any aspect of medicine from consulting, interviewing, examining, treating, or in any manner interacting with female patients within the context of a physician-patient relationship pending a final decision by the board.
An administrative law judge has issued an order recommending that a Simi Valley doctor arrested in July on suspicion of sexual battery be barred from treating female patients.
Dr. Shamim Amini presented his side at a hearing Sept. 4, but Waxman found there was sufficient evidence of professional misconduct to impose a formal license restriction.
Following the final decision by the Medical Board of California, where the board can decide on a partial suspension or impose a tougher penalty.
The first victim, the 26-year-old Simi Valley woman told police and medical board investigators that Amini gave her two pelvic examinations without wearing gloves. She added that, during the first exam, the minute a nurse appeared he quickly removed his hand, pulled the woman’s hospital gown down, and began to check her stomach area on top of the gown. But once the nurse left the room, he continued with the pelvic examination without gloves and that both examinations lasted as long as 10 minutes.
The second victim, a 41-year-old Camarillo woman visited the emergency room in May, for injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. The woman stated that she had pain in her back, hips and legs and was shaking from shock of the accident. They were alone in the examination room. She said that Amini raised her gown and commented that she was in ‘great shape,’ he then performed an exam without gloves and repeatedly touched her pubic region.
Amini claimed that the allegations made against him were false. He presented declarations from acquaintances who vouched for his character and stated that Amini’s medical career was clear of any other allegations of sexual impropriety.
The state Attorney General’s Office produced a police report describing Amini’s arrest for molesting a patient during a post-surgical exam while he was in medical school, which was filed in 2000. The hospital officials denied knowledge of the incident and said they weren’t contacted by the women.
Amini pleased with Waxman stating that suspension of his license would lead to severe personal and financial hardship as he was his family’s main source of financial support. He added that he was married and recently purchased a house.