Former N.J. doctor charged with sexually touching patients, reports say

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 04:36:22 PM. Dr. Ricardo Cruciani formerly worked at Capital Health. He was fired from Drexel University earlier this year

A neurologist who worked in Mercer County until late 2015 has been charged in Philadelphia with seven counts of indecent assault for touching patients while heading a Drexel University department, reports say.

Drexel fired Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, 63, in March after an internal investigation of complaints made by several patients, and he was charged by police in late September, NBC10 reported.

Before going to Drexel, where Cruciani was the chair of the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine, he was a chief neurologist at Capital Health's Institute of Neurosciences at their Hopewell Township campus.

He is no longer employed by Capital Health, the compnay said Tuesday.

"Capital Health has a robust compliance and safety reporting system and we investigate all inquiries. Any complaints regarding Dr. Cruciani would have been reported during that time and adequately investigated," the company said in a statement.

NBC10 also reported that Drexel alerted professional licensing organizations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware of the findings of its investigation.

Cruciani's license to practice medicine in New Jersey is currently inactive, a status he requested, New Jersey records show.

In Philadelphia, Cruciani, a pain management specialist who taught and treated patients, faces seven counts each of indecent assault, simple assault and harassment, and one count of indecent exposure for incidents that took place between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 of last year, PhillyVoice.com reported, citing court records.

Cruciani's lawyer denied the allegations to NBC10, saying her client is an impressive academic, researcher and medical doctor who's been wrongly accused.

Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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