More charges were filed Thursday against obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Abaz Sosic, this time alleging he had inappropriate contact with a patient — and officials with Bradford Regional Medical Center have suspended his privileges immediately.
Sosic, 50, of 10 Van Tassel Way, Bradford, is charged with indecent assault, a second-degree misdemeanor; and harassment, a summary offense.
According to court records, Bradford City Police received a complaint June 16, 2012, regarding an alleged indecent assault that took place at Sosic’s office at 54 Boylston St. in the City of Bradford. The victim told police that after she had an ultrasound and was waiting for the images to be developed, Sosic approached her, “hugged her and attempted to kiss her” and then placed his hand on her buttock, “grabbed her breast and attempted to put his hand down the front of her pants,” the court records read.
Regarding the length of time between the allegations and the filing of charges, Bradford City police chief Chris Lucco said, “Our department conducted a thorough investigation and charges were filed as soon as possible.”
This is the second criminal case filed against the doctor in two days.
Sosic is an independent physician who is not employed by Bradford Regional Medical Center. He had medical privileges at the hospital. Late Thursday afternoon, BRMC officials said, “Dr. Sosic’s admitting privileges at Bradford Regional Medical Center have been suspended immediately pending the outcome of the investigation.”
A hospital spokesman declined further comment. McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn declined to comment on the charges.
On Wednesday, Bradford City Police charged Sosic with indecent assault and harassment based on allegations from a woman who had worked in Sosic’s office. She alleged that on Jan. 27, Sosic grabbed her buttock, told her he wanted to perform a sexual act on her and that “he wanted to do an exam on her and he had something big and hard for her,” according to court records.
Sosic is set to be arraigned on both sets of charges at 9 a.m. Feb. 18 before Magisterial District Judge Dom Cercone. Hospital officials said Sosic is out of town until Feb. 17.
On Thursday, The Era obtained an application for a search warrant for Sosic’s personnel file at BRMC.
In the application, police detailed the two incidents from which Sosic had already been charged, and a third alleged incident from which no charges have been filed.
According to the document, police received a complaint on May 2, 2008, from a female co-worker of Sosic’s at BRMC. She said that on April 29, 2008, Sosic told her to go to his office at 8 p.m., when it was closed, and he would do an exam on her. Later that day, she was cleaning up after a procedure when Sosic went up behind her and “grabbed and rubbed her buttocks.”
On May 2, 2008, she was scrubbing up to prepare for a procedure when Sosic reached inside her shirt and rubbed against the top of her breast, the document read. She immediately reported the incident to management, and subsequently resigned because of the incidents, according to court records.
Police said that based on the three separate incidents, they were seeking documents and records at BRMC to show “a common plan or scheme (modus operandi)” of Sosic’s alleged actions.
Sosic, who has worked in Bradford since 2000, is a graduate of Rijeka School of Medicine in Croatia. He performed his residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.