Some sex charges dropped against doctor

November 18, 1993

Anne Arundel County prosecutors dropped sex offense charges yesterday against a Glen Burnie doctor after a defense witness presented evidence showing the alleged victim was not at the doctor's offices on the days she claimed to have been assaulted.

The doctor still is charged in another case.

The alleged victim in the first case, a cardiac technician at North Arundel Hospital, told jurors Tuesday that Dr. Krishan K. Singal, a cardiologist at the hospital, made advances to her on Oct. 20, and Nov. 3, 1992, while she was filling in for the doctor's regular technician.

But Carol Pelino, the regular technician, testified yesterday that patient records from the office showed that she was on duty both of those days, and that the woman was not in the office. "We never worked together," she said.

Robert Bittman, the assistant state's attorney prosecuting the case, said he had no choice but to drop charges of fourth-degree sex offense and assault and battery against Dr. Krishan one day into the trial.

The woman had charged that Dr. Singal fondled her while she helped him administer an echo cardiogram on Oct. 20, and that he grabbed her hand and placed it on his body while she was in his office on Nov. 3.

Jonathan Scott Smith, Dr. Singal's lawyer, said police should have more thoroughly checked out the complaint before they filed charges.

"They never interviewed any of his office employees, never made any effort to investigate or document what the alleged victim said had happened," he said.

Dr. Singal is to go on trial today on charges of a fourth-degree sex offense and assault and battery stemming from a complaint filed by a nurse at North Arundel Hospital.

At stake is Dr. Singal's license to practice medicine. He is to appear in January before an administrative law judge who will recommend whether the Maryland Board of Physician Quality Assurance should revoke his license.

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