Psychiatrist charged with sex assault
Lawrenceville doctor accused of touching female patient

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Lawrenceville doctor has been arrested following allegations he improperly touched a female patient, police said Monday.

Dr. Mohammad Uzair Qureshi, a psychiatrist at the Gwinnett Rockdale Newton Community Service Board in Lawrenceville, was arrested Friday at his home on Saint Marlowe Drive.

One of Qureshi's former patients went to Lawrenceville police Thursday with complaints the 45-year-old doctor conducted an unnecessary breast exam during her initial psychiatric consultation, Lawrenceville police Capt. Greg Vaughn said during a press conference Monday.

"He convinced her to remove her shirt and undergarments," Vaughn said of the incident the victim described to police.

According to a police report, Qureshi started the woman's visit by questioning her about her emotional state, then proceeded to ask her to pull up her shirt and reveal her breasts.

Qureshi has been charged with sexual battery and sexual assault, both felonies. The doctor, who police said is known to some of his patients as Dr. Q, bonded out of the Gwinnett County Jail Saturday on a $33,200 bond.

"It's still very, very early in the investigation, but since this outcry, two more victims have come forward that said they have been victimized by Dr. Qureshi," Vaughn said.

It is unknown how long ago the alleged misconduct between patient and doctor may have started, according to police.

"Investigators have spoken with employees at GRN, and again, this is an ongoing investigation," Vaughn said when asked if fellow employees ever made complaints against Qureshi.

According to the Web site for the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners, Qureshi has an active medical license to practice psychiatry. The license was issued in July 2006.

Attempts were made to contact Qureshi for comment, but calls were not returned before press time Monday.

Georgia law states Qureshi could face one to three years for each charge if he is convicted.

Police are asking anyone who visited Qureshi and feels they may have been a victim of sexual assault to contact the Lawrenceville Police Department at 770-963-2443.