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Sunnyside physician contesting sexual misconduct charges

Dr. Muhammad Ayub, the Sunnyside physician who had his medical license suspended following accusations of sexual misconduct, has contested those charges according to the Washington State Department of Health.

Ayub, who practiced medicine at the Lincoln Avenue Medicine Clinic, has been accused of making inappropriate comments to a female patient and kissing her during an appointment last October. He also allegedly later had sexual contact with the woman at a motel in Prosser.

Ayub's suspension was announced on Dec. 29.

According to the Department of Health's website, Ayub had 10 days to respond to charges to request a prompt hearing and 20 days to request a hearing contesting the charges against him.

The type of suspension leveled against Ayub, called a summary suspension, means he can't practice medicine pending a hearing before the Washington Medical Quality Assurance Commission.

His response to the allegations, which came this past Monday, came just after the 10-day deadline for a prompt hearing, but one will be held because he contested the allegations within the 20-day time frame.

No hearing date has been set at this point.

According to a statement of charges available on the health department's website, Ayub allegedly told the woman "she smelled wonderful, and that he wanted to help her achieve ecstasy," at an appointment she had with him in October.

At the end of the visit, according to the statement of charges, Ayub invited the woman to come to his house later that day, and gave her a business card with his cell phone number written on it. He told the woman to "call him anytime day or night," the charges state.

He also allegedly told the woman she would need sex therapy due to a decrease in her sex drive, the charges said.

Allegedly, when the woman agreed to the sex therapy, she met Ayub at a Prosser motel thinking others would be participating in a group therapy session. That was when the sexual contact occurred, the charges allege.

The woman's name hasn't been released.

Since his suspension a second claim of sexual misconduct has been filed against Ayub. Details have not been released because the case is currently under investigation by the health department.

Ayub began practicing medicine in Sunnyside just this past September.

He passed pre-hiring screenings by the State Patrol and the American Medical Association.

Since the allegations and his subsequent suspension, Ayub has resigned from the clinic.

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