Norwich doctor takes plea deal in groping case
NEW LONDON — A doctor charged with inappropriately touching four female patients is facing 18 months in prison.
The Norwich Bulletin reports that Dr. Manoj Saxena accepted a plea deal with prosecutors on Thursday in New London Superior Court under which he agreed to plead guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault and three counts of second-degree sexual assault.
The pleas were made under the Alford doctrine, meaning he doesn’t agree with all the evidence but acknowledges there’s enough for a conviction.
Authorities alleged that he fondled the breasts and gave unnecessary pelvic exams to four patients.
Saxena remains free on bond pending formal sentencing scheduled for April 13.