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UPDATED Police arrest doctor on sexual battery charge

Submitted by on 1, January 11, 2011 – 11:02 amNo Comment

Updated at 9:10 p.m. Thursday, January 13

Alameda police have arrested a doctor who is accused of groping a patient during an exam. And they are asking for the public’s help in finding any additional victims.

Police said Tuesday that they arrested Ernest Lee Simms, 73, on January 5 near his Oakland residence on a sexual battery charge. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for medical reasons but released the same day on bail.

Police said a 28-year-old Alameda woman reported that Simms groped her breasts during a December 29 exam at AAI Health Services, 1002 Central Avenue, where Simms has treated patients for six years.

Police also notified the Medical Board of California about the alleged crime. The medical board’s online database lists Simms as a physician and surgeon with a board certification in urology. It lists his medical license as current, and it shows no disciplinary actions or court orders against him and no criminal convictions.

A representative for AAI Health Services who asked not to be identified said staff at the nonprofit clinic, where they said Simms volunteered, were in shock over the allegation. The representative, who identified Simms as a “highly decorated Naval officer” who mainly sees men at the clinic, said his status with the clinic hasn’t changed.

“He’s in total shock. He’s losing sleep,” the representative said.

The representative said workers there hadn’t seen the patient who made the accusation before.

“Out of the kindness of his heart, he said, ‘I’ll go ahead and see her,'” the representative said.

Police are asking anyone who can help identify other potential victims, if they exist, to contact them at 337-8340.

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