Njoku Not Guilty on Rape Charge
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A jury found a former East Hartford doctor not guilty Thursday of raping a patient but convicted him of a lesser charge of sexual assault.
Edwin Njoku also was convicted of witness tampering related to an attempt to pay off the family of the patient the jury said was sexually assaulted.
The Hartford Superior Court judge set Njoku’s bond at $3.5 million and he was taken into custody. He faces up to 11 years in prison when sentenced on Sept. 26.
Had he been convicted of the first-degree sexual assault charge, he could have faced 20 more years behind bars.
Njoku’s lawyer said that his client was the victim and that the patient made sexual advances toward him to obtain pain medication.
The most serious allegation against Njoku, 53, was that he raped a female patient at his East Hartford office in October 2011. The woman also accused Njoku of touching her inappropriately on another occasion.
Four other patients allege that Njoku touched them inappropriately during medical exams. Charges remain pending.
The allegations led the state Medical Examining Board to revoke Njoku’s license to practice medicine last year.
The jury of four women and two men began deliberations on Wednesday.