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Doctor: I'm innocent, but I'll quit seeing patients

BRADENTON — A Bradenton doctor arrested after several female patients complained to police he inappropriately touched them has promised not to see patients while he attends to his legal matters.

This morning a judge set bond at $20,000 for Dr. Gangadhararao Chapalamadugu, also known as Dr. C.G. Rao, on four counts of battery after his arrest by Bradenton police Wednesday. He also faces a fifth battery charge stemming from an arrest Friday.

Rao is accused of inappropriately touching five female patients at his Riverside Drive office where he specializes in internal and pulmonary medicine.

Judge Douglas Henderson also ordered supervised release and no contact with the alleged victims in the case should Rao get out of jail.

Rao’s attorney, Mark Lipinski, asked Henderson for a lower bond, citing Rao’s more than 30 years of practicing medicine in Bradenton. Lipinski also told Henderson that Rao has pledged not to see any patients.

After the hearing, Lipinski said Rao maintains he is innocent of the charges but will stop seeing patients as the case moves forward.

“It is just to make people feel more comfortable,” Lipinski said.

Police first arrested Rao on a battery charge Friday after a woman said the doctor inappropriately touched her during an appointment. After Rao’s initial arrest, police said as many has 13 women have come forward also claiming to be victims, of which four claims have led to arrests.

Henderson spoke in court this morning of Bradenton police detectives’ belief that Rao may have more victims.

“The detective in the case made it sound like more charges could be coming,” Henderson said.

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