A former Texas doctor who was found guilty on Thursday of raping a heavily sedated patient will not serve time in prison for his crime.
Shafeeq Sheikh, a former physician at Baylor College of Medicine, was sentenced to 10 years of probation on Friday and will have to register as a sex offender.
A 12-person jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a patient five years prior, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The jurors had recommended the sentencing, to which visiting Senior District Judge Terry L. Flenniken was required to follow by law, according to the newspaper.
Sheikh was working the night shift at Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital in 2013 when a woman, previously identified as Laura, was admitted for shortness of breath and wheezing.
She was in the hospital overnight and sedated when Sheikh came to her room several times during the night and sexually assaulted her.
Laura said she attempted to get help from a nurse, but the call button wouldn’t work.
DNA evidence was collected from a rape kit — but it took two years for charges to be filed against Sheikh.
The DNA collected from the former doctor’s cheek swab matched those in a rape kit.
Surveillance video also captured Sheikh on the floor where the woman’s room was located. He used his badge to swipe onto her floor at least 12 times that night.
“He sought her out. He chose her to prey on,” Assistant District Attorney Lauren Reeder, said during Friday’s sentencing.
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