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Doctor Cleared of Attacking 2 Women

June 15, 2001

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ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) _ A doctor who was accused of attacking two women in a hospital intensive care unit three years ago has been acquitted.

Lorain County Judge Thomas Janas said the case against Dr. Ashok Ramadugu was too weak. Ramadugu had been charged with rape and gross sexual imposition.

The two women involved ``were suffering from severe medical problems which, together with medications, caused confusion, affected their ability to see and their ability to accurately recall the events occurring around them,″ Janas wrote in the decision Thursday.

Both women testified that dreams helped them identify Ramadugu as their attacker.

``If a person can be accused and charged based on someone’s dreams, you are not safe,″ said Ramadugu, 43, originally from India.

He said the accusations had ruined his career. ``I lost my job, my partner, my reputation,″ he said Thursday.

Ramadugu took a leave of absence from EMH Regional Medical Center, about 40 miles southwest of Cleveland, after he was indicted in 1999. Hospital spokeswoman Lois Koehler said the medical board would have to vote whether to reinstate him.

Posecutor Jonathan Rosenbaum declined to comment on the verdict.

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