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Doctor charged with molesting patient

BRADENTON — A 61-year-old medical doctor was arrested on charges of battery Friday morning in his office after he allegedly groped and placed his mouth on a female patient’s chest, according to a Bradenton Police Department arrest report.

Dr. Gangadhararao Chapalamadugu, known to his patients as C.G. Rao, specializes in internal medicine and pulmonary disease.

His office is located at Riverside Medical Center, 300 Riverside Drive E.

The woman told police detectives the incident happened May 8 when she went in for a scheduled exam to get medication.

Rao allegedly began touching the woman when he began to examine her. He removed her breasts from her bra and reportedly began groping her, according to the report.

He then told the woman to turn around an lean against the examination table. He allegedly pressed the front of his body against the woman’s back. He felt her breasts and squeezed her buttocks as “if they were play dough,” according to the report.

He then moved around to the victim’s front and allegedly placed his mouth on her left breast, according to the report.

She told police she pushed him away telling him, “You know, that’s not right.”

No female staff members were in the room during the exam, the woman told police.

The woman went to the police the same day. She had been going to Rao for two years for treatment of a respiratory disease, according to the report.

Investigators planted a hidden camera and microphone on the woman for a follow up appointment when she went to get medication.

According to detectives’ viewing the footage, Rao lifted up the woman’s loose fitting tank top just to place a stethoscope on her chest.

“You weren’t quite yourself last week,” the woman told Rao.

“I’m sorry,” Rao replied, according to the report.

“You owe me an apology for putting your mouth on my breast,” the woman said.

“I’m sorry,” Rao said again, according to the report.

No one else was in the room.

This isn’t the first time a female patient has reported Rao.

In August 2002, another woman came forward stating Rao placed his mouth on her breasts during an exam.

“This is very difficult for me. I have been going to this doctor for 10 years and I trusted him. I feel so violated. My husband and his parents have gone to him too. I didn’t want to come here but felt like if he could do this to me how many more could he do it to,” said the woman in her complaint affidavit in 2002. “I just couldn’t keep silent. I really did not want to come here, but it’s not right for a doctor to do this to a patient. ... I did not provoke this incident.”

In that case, the State Attorney’s Office deferred prosecution and made an agreement for Rao to have a pre-trial intervention program.

Rao completed the program which included: 50 hours of community service, avoid contact with the woman, undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

He was also told to keep a female staff member inside the exam room, according to the agreement.

Rao was ordered to be on probation for 90 days, according to the agreement.

On Friday afternoon, Rao’s office remained open. His receptionist declined to comment. The lights were turned off and no one answered the door at his residence Friday afternoon.

Rao remained in jail Friday night on a $750 bond.

Authorities believe there could be more women out there who have not reported incidents involving Rao.

Anyone with any information can contact Bradenton Police Department Detective Alex Ribachuk at 932-9309 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).

Beth Burger, criminal justice reporter, can be reached at 708-7919.