Doctor accused of sexually assaulting patient at Ben Taub

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Doctor accused of sexually assaulting patient at Ben Taub
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A doctor is accused of sexually assaulting a patient at Ben Taub Hospital. That patient said she was heavily sedated at the time.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A 43-year-old Houston doctor is charged with sexually assaulting a patient at Ben Taub General Hospital two years ago.

Shafeeq Sheikh is charged with sexual assault of an adult stemming from allegations back in November 2, 2013. Sheikh was a doctor of internal medicine, employed by Baylor College of Medicine. On Friday, Baylor stated he is no longer employed by the college, where he performed his residency.

The patient told investigators she was assaulted three times in one night, even as she was under heavy sedation in her 5th-floor hospital room. She had been admitted earlier for a medical procedure.

The 27-year-old woman told investigators, according to the charging document, a man "of Hispanic or Middle Eastern origin," came into her room several times. She stated she did not recognize him, but said she did try to use the call button for help. The court document states the button had been unplugged.

A rape test was performed on the patient. Apparently, Sheikh became a person of interest because closed circuit cameras showed him entering the patient's room repeatedly on the night in question.

A DNA test result linked him to the material gathered during the rape exam. He was charged this week with sexual assault. Bail has been set in the case at $30,000.

Sheikh's initial court appearance is scheduled for Monday.