Queens dentist accused of sexually abusing patient

April 23, 2013 9:00:44 AM PDT
(FIRST PARAGRAPH)(BODY TEXT) QUEENS DENTIST CHARGED WITH SEXUALLY ABUSING NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PATIENT Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that a 62-year-old dentist, who has an office in the Rego Park section of Queens, has been charged with sexually abusing a female patient of his between September 17, 2012 and April 9, 2013. District Attorney Brown said, "The charges in this case are disturbing. The defendant is accused of taking advantage of his position of power and abusing his patient while he was supposed to be treating her. This is a serious breach of trust and cannot go unpunished." The District Attorney identified the defendant as Bedros Yavru-Sakuk, 62, of 1055 River Road, in Edgewater, New Jersey. Yavru-Sakuk was arraigned last night in Queens Criminal Court on charges of third-degree sexual abuse. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to return to court on June 20, 2013. If convicted, Yavru-Sakuk faces up to three months in jail. District Attorney Brown said that, according to the criminal charges, Yavru-Sakuk sexually abused one of his female patients between September 2012 and April 2013 by inappropriately rubbing her vagina over her clothing with his elbow repeatedly, without her consent. Assistant District Attorney Marjory D. Fisher, Chief of the District Attorney's Special Victims Bureau, is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Charles A. Testagrossa and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Daniel A. Saunders. It should be noted that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. #