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Las Cruces psychiatrist accused of patient sexual assaults

April 13, 2019

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces psychiatrist is suspected of sexually assaulting multiple female patients.

Police say 72-year-old Mark Beale was arrested Friday on suspicion of criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact and battery.

Beale has been under investigation by police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration since October.

Authorities say they received complaints from six patients who ranged in age from 21 to 60. They say Beale forced them into sexual intercourse or sexual contact since January 2015. They say the incidents took place in his office and, in one instance, a woman’s home.

Beale is also suspected of prescribing medication to patients without properly diagnosing their symptoms.

Beale will be booked into Dona Ana County jail. He is likely to be held without bond.

It wasn’t known if he had an attorney.