More charges against doctor dropped Prosecutor cites 'serious reservations'

November 19, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A second set of sex offense charges against a Glen Burnie doctor were dropped yesterday when the prosecutor said he had "serious reservations" about the credibility of the alleged victim's testimony.

Dr. Krishan K. Singal, a cardiologist at North Arundel Hospital, was cleared of charges of fourth degree sex offense and assault and battery in a brief proceeding in Circuit Court.

The charges stemmed from a Jan. 3 incident in a conference room at the hospital. A 22-year-old nurse accused Dr. Singal of illicitly touching her breasts during a private meeting.

Assistant State's Attorney Robert Bittman said the alleged victim would have testified that during the alleged assault another woman entered the room. But he said he learned just before trial that the witness -- a friend of the nurse's -- would have testified that the alleged victim wasn't in the room when she entered it that day.

Mr. Bittman said a $42 million civil suit filed against the doctor by the alleged victim and testimony that she had a previous sexual relationship with Dr. Singal also would have made it difficult to win a conviction on the charges.

The dismissal marks the second case in two days where sex offense charges have been dropped against Dr. Singal.

Identical charges were dropped Wednesday, after the first day of a jury trial, when Dr. Singal's full-time cardiac technician testified that office records showed another alleged victim was not at Dr. Singal's Crain Highway office on the days she alleged he assaulted her there.

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