NRI physician charged with child sex abuse; pleads innocence

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Vamsimadhav Korrapati, 41, a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, emergency room doctor, charged with sexually abusing two children under 13, backed out of a plea deal last month, maintaining he was innocent, and will face trial in October, reports here say.

When he is tried, the Indian American physician Korrapati will face charges of felony counts of indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children. If convicted, Korrapati will face prison time and must register as a sex offender.

Last November, Korrapati took a deal, pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, which did not involve the allegations of sexual abuse. But moments before he was about to be sentenced, the ER doctor backed out of the plea arrangement. His defense attorney, Brian McMonagle, said in court that Korrapati “has expressed to me that he maintains his innocence and he wants to go to trial.”

Korrapati, who before his arrest in 2015, practiced at several local hospitals, has been free on bail of $200,000. At a preliminary hearing, a young boy testified that Korrapati had fondled him. The boy unfalteringly said that the doctor had done the same thing to a girl. The Morning Call newspaper reported that Korrapati knew both of his victims, and smiled in court at the boy as he recalled the horrific incidents.

The two children provided statements of the alleged abuse to county caseworkers. The alleged molestations went on for several years, according to police. Northampton County, Pennsylvania, prosecutors said that Korrapati displayed “reckless conduct” toward the two children that “may have placed them in danger of serious bodily injury.” According to his Facebook profile, Korrapati attended the A.P.R School, in Gandipalem, Andhra Pradesh, and then attended Siddhartha Medical College in Vijayawada.

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