Fourth woman claims abuse by retired Sandusky doctor

SANDUSKY A fourth woman has come forward saying she was touched inappropriately by Sandusky neurolog
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

A fourth woman has come forward saying she was touched inappropriately by Sandusky neurologist Dr. Mohan S. Chandran.

The 67-year-old woman went to police after Chandran's arrest last week on three counts of gross sexual imposition. The woman said she had appointments in March and April with Chandran, who "inappropriately fondled her breasts and rubbed up against her," according to the police report.

The case remains under investigation, but additional charges may be coming, said Charlie Sams, Sandusky police assistant chief.

Chandran, 51, retired from his neurology practice at Firelands Regional Medical Center in September. He was charged with inappropriately touching three other women, police said.

If convicted, in addition to any sentence he would receive from the court, Chandran could also be penalized by the Ohio State Medical Board. These penalties could range from a reprimand to losing his license to practice, said Joan Wehrle, executive staff coordinator for the board. Earlier this year he renewed his license through 2009.

"It all depends on their situation," Wehrle said. "With criminal charges the board doesn't have the legal authority to take action based on the charges."

Doctors must renew their licenses every two years by paying a $305 fee and by answering a questionnaire, which does ask about any pending criminal charges or convictions, Wehrle said.

"A felony conviction is a grounds for disciplinary action by the board," Wehrle added.

As of now there has been no disciplinary action taken against Chandran for this or any other incidents, according to Wehrle. Patients can file complaints against doctors with the board, but those remain confidential unless disciplinary action results.

Chandran is a 1984 graduate of Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College, Magadh University in India. He earned his doctor of medicine degree in 1992, according to the medical board.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Sandusky Municipal Court and has a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 28.

Chandran could not be located for comment. His attorney, Thomas DeBacco, previously said the doctor "has faith in his innocence."