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Woman Speaks Against East Hartford Doctor Accused Of Rape

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Dr. Edwin Njoku sits before the state Medical Examining Board.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Dr. Edwin Njoku sits before the state Medical Examining Board. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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A medical disciplinary committee is reviewing the actions of an East Hartford doctor arrested on charges of sexually assaulting two patients.

The state Medical Examining Board today held a hearing on whether it should continue to prevent Doctor Edwin Njoku from practicing medicine. No decision was reached.  The hearing will continue in two weeks.

The board previously held an emergency meeting, to temporarily take away the doctor’s permission to see patients.

The board went into a closed-door session to listen to one of the doctor’s accusers.

At one point, the woman’s testimony became emotional, and her pained voice could be heard outside the room where she was speaking.

After she spoke to the board, patient Anolan Drago spoke with reporters.  She said it was difficult being in the same room as the doctor.

“It’s very very hard.  All I was thinking about it being done and over, and being able to walk with my head up, and have my dignity back,” Drago said.

Drago said she is allowing her name and face to be public, because she wants other victims of the doctor to come forward.

Before she spoke, the doctor’s attorney tried to introduce doubt about the woman’s veracity.  The lawyer said any sexual activity was consensual.

In his first public comments since his arrest, the doctor denied sexually assaulting patients.

“[It was] a little bit uncomfortable, being in the same room as somebody who tried to destroy my life,” Njoku said.  “Somebody who didn’t care that there were eight other people who rely on me for their livelihood, that I have a 75-year-old mother who depends on me.”

The examining board’s hearing is separate from the criminal case.

East Hartford Police said they found the doctor’s DNA on the woman’s body, and her clothes.

After his arrest, police said numerous other women came forward with additional complaints about the doctor.

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