Embattled Jacksonville physician accused of sexual battery on child

Doctor previously accused of masturbating in front of patient in 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville physician accused of exposing himself and masturbating in front of an undressed patient in 2017 now faces an unrelated sexual battery charge involving a child, court records show.

Dr. Om Parkash Kapoor, 50, was arrested Aug. 7 and charged with sexual battery by a person 18 years or older on a child younger than 12, a capital felony offense, according to a copy of his arrest report.

Kapoor’s arrest report states that his accuser is the child of a family friend and that the incident is alleged to have taken place at Kapoor’s home sometime between September 2017 and May 2018.

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According to Kapoor’s arrest warrant, the child was staying the night at Kapoor’s home when it happened. He said the only other people in the home at the time were Kapoor’s wife and the couple’s 3-year-old son.

The child told investigators he was asleep in the guest room when he was awakened by Kapoor, who entered the room and removed his sweatpants. He said Kapoor then got into the bed and forced him to perform a sex act.

Moments later, the accuser told investigators, he pretended to have a nightmare. Startled, Kapoor scrambled out of bed and left the room, the accuser said. He said Kapoor was in such a hurry that he dropped his phone and keys on the floor next to the bed.

The next morning, the accuser recalled, he returned the keys and phone to Kapoor, who did not acknowledge what happened the night before. Instead, the accuser said, Kapoor offered him ice cream for breakfast.

The arrest report states Kapoor turned himself Aug. 7 after learning there was warrant out for his arrest. He was released on bond a day later and must remain at home while being tracked by an ankle monitor.

Kapoor resigned from Baptist Health in March 2018 after he was suspended from work and faced scrutiny from state regulators, including a restriction on his license, over the 2017 masturbation accusation.

That case is set for a final pretrial hearing Wednesday.

Kapoor was forbidden from treating male patients without supervision after then-state Surgeon General Celeste Philip imposed an emergency restriction on his license.

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Baptist Health placed Kapoor, an infectious diseases expert, on leave after the patient went to police with the allegations in December. The Sheriff's Office arrested him roughly a week later.

Kapoor, who was previously accused of sexual misconduct in 2012, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and battery in the case, court records show.

A lawsuit was filed after the 2017 incident alleging missteps against the hospital, saying the company was negligent in keeping Kapoor on staff because it knew of the previous sexual misconduct allegation against Kapoor.

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