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A neurologist pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he had been a serial sexual abuser of women who turned to him for help with debilitating, chronic pain.


Prosecutors said Dr. Ricardo Cruciani filed the petition in federal court in Manhattan. Once he posted a $3 million bond secured by three properties and signed by three others, he was expected to be placed under house arrest with electronic surveillance.

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A lawyer for Cruciani did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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Cruciani, 63, who lives in Wynwood, Pennsylvania, was arrested Wednesday morning in Pocono Pines, Pennsylvania, on charges that he abused patients for more than 15 years at his offices in New York City, Philadelphia and Hopewell, New Jersey. did.

One indictment described a doctor, specializing in rare pain syndromes, who prepared patients for addictive opioids for care and prescription, gradually rubbing into more aggressive physical attacks and sexual demands. and hugs.

The indictment states that if some victims refused to engage in sexual acts, they retaliated by sending them to another medical provider, who would not prescribe the same combination or amount of narcotics.

The federal charges follow years of public complaints by Cruciani’s accusers that officials in some places were not taking their crimes seriously, especially in Philadelphia, where he pleaded guilty to a relatively minor misdemeanor involving seven patients.