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How doctors accused of sexual harassment continue to see patients – Chicago Tribune

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Doctors and other health care providers accused of sexual abuse by patients have continued to practice, sometimes for years, because of loopholes in Illinois law and a licensing agency that can be slow to take disciplinary action. Tribune investigation found.

Providers continued to harm other patients, in some cases because their licenses remained in good standing with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

While Illinois law requires hospital officials who learn of allegations of abuse to take action to protect patients, the Tribune found that some health care providers working outside of those settings were left largely unchecked until they were charged with a crime.

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People enjoy the mild lakeside weather in Chicago on February 25, 2024. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

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Mayor Brandon Johnson leaves a press conference following the City Council meeting at Chicago City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024.  (Vincent Alban/Chicago Tribune)User Upload Caption:
Mayor Brandon Johnson leaves a press conference following a City Council meeting at Chicago City Hall on February 21, 2024. (Vincent Alban/Chicago Tribune)

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Ald.  Jessie Fuentes, 35th, left to right, Ald.  Maria Hadden, 49th and Ald.  Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, 33, celebrates at a press conference after voters voted to approve a referendum question to fund homeless services on Oct. 31, 2023.

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Nakari Campbell, 18, was seriously injured when she was struck by a driver while walking at the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Division Street in August 2023.  The driver ran away.  (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Nakari Campbell, 18, was seriously injured when she was struck by a driver while walking at the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Division Street in August 2023. The driver ran away. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

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The driver fled, leaving the car’s front grille behind, the license plate number locked in witnesses’ minds, and Campbell was so severely injured that he missed the first months of his senior year in high school.

Ashton Spatz (center), a financial aid counselor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, assists Jessena Sanchez, left, and her daughter Leslie Delve, a sophomore at UIC, during a FAFSA workshop at the Student Finance Center on Feb. 23, 2024 .  Assistance Bureau.  (Vincent Alban/Chicago Tribune)
Ashton Spatz (center), a financial aid counselor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, assists Jessena Sanchez, left, and her daughter Leslie Delve, a sophomore at UIC, during a FAFSA workshop at Student Financial Aid on Feb. 23, 2024. Office. (Vincent Alban/Chicago Tribune)

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Matt Reum of South Bend, who was stuck in his truck under a bridge on Interstate 94 for six days in December, describes his ordeal Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, in Valparaiso.  (Michael Gard/Post-Tribune)
Matt Reum of South Bend, who was stuck in his truck under a bridge on Interstate 94 for six days in December, describes his ordeal on Feb. 13, 2024, in Valparaiso. (Michael Gard/Post-Tribune)

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Bears Commanders

Bears general manager Ryan Poles walks the field before a game at FedEx Field on Oct. 5, 2023.

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Cody Bellinger (24) plays for St. Louis on Friday, July 21, 2023, at Wrigley Field in Chicago.  He celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a 2-run home run in the third inning of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.  (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Chicago Cubs first baseman Cody Bellinger plays for St. Louis at Wrigley Field on July 21, 2023. He celebrates his home run after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

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The wine department at Binny's Beverage Depot Lincoln Park on February 14, 2024.  (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune)
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