Former S'side doctor faces additional sexual misconduct charges

Another charge of sexual misconduct has been filed against former Sunnyside physician Muhammad Ayub.

Ayub began work in Sunnyside last September for Lincoln Avenue Family Medicine, which is owned by Sunnyside Community Hospital.

The first charge filed against stemmed from allegations of inappropriate sexual comments and contact with a female patient in early October 2005.

Among the incidents alleged in the previous charge, were that Ayub asked the patient to go with him to a hotel room for a supposed "sexual therapy session" where he allegedly made unwanted sexual advances.

That resulted in the Washington State Department of Health suspending Ayub's medical license last December.

The second allegation also reportedly took place in early October. The charges were brought by a 45-year-old woman, who said Ayub told her she needed to "go out with lots of men and have lots of sex."

The patient also alleges that Ayub asked her, "Do you prefer women better." When she stated no, the patient further claimed that Ayub told her there were things she could do at home by herself.

Following the first charge last year, Sunnyside Community Hospital noted, "The hospital and clinic cooperated fully in all investigations of the physician."

The hospital, through Media Relations Director Tom Lathen, also noted at the time that Ayub voluntarily resigned after the suspension was imposed in December.

According to the Department of Health, last December's suspension is still in place and Ayub may not practice as a physician in Washington pending a hearing.

Ayub has 20 days to respond to the new charges.

The Seattle office of Ayub's attorney, Gerald Tarutis, was contacted for this story but he was not available for comment.


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