CHARLOTTE, NC — Another woman is coming forward after CMPD arrested a Charlotte family medicine doctor. Investigators say patients accuse him sexually assaulting them during exams.
Doctor Mario Hernandez turned himself into the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. The doctor is out of jail on more than $50,000 unsecured bond.
He’s charged with three counts of felony second degree sex offense. A fourth woman who says Dr. Hernandez assaulted her, too, spoke only to WCCB Charlotte.
Doors were locked at the Doctor’s clinic Tuesday.
Three women told police he forced sex acts on them during exams.
The fourth woman approached WCCB Charlotte outside the clinic.
She showed up after hearing other accusations. She had not spoken to police about her allegations.
“I was kind of scared, and but I didn’t know what’s right or not,” said the patient.
She asked WCCB Charlotte to hide her identity.
“He masturbated me the first time,” said the patient. “I told him ‘I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s right or not,’ but he kept doing it.”
According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police reports, two other women, ages 29 and 32, say Dr. Hernandez forced sex acts on them in November.
A 27-year-old came forward Friday saying he sexually assaulted her with an object in May.
WCCB Charlotte asked the fourth woman if she told the doctor he didn’t seem to do the exam properly.
She said, “No, I was like, ‘Okay, I trust him.’ Like, he’s doing the right thing because this was my first pap smear.”
The fourth woman tells me Dr. Hernandez diagnosed her with an STD and made her come back weekly. Each time, she says he would sexually assault her during the exam.
“I don’t know if I’m sick, or if I was sick,” said the patient.
WCCB Charlotte checked the North Carolina Medical Board’s records.
Dr. Hernandez did his residency in Puerto Rico, and he started practicing in Charlotte five years ago.
He has no record of malpractice.
WCCB Charlotte went to the doctor’s Davidson house to ask if he took advantage of patients. No one answered the door.
“He asked me a couple times, ‘Have you ever told anybody about this?’ And I told him no,” said the fourth woman.
Now she says she’s going to police. The medical board typically revokes licenses after an investigation.
Dr. Hernandez has a probable cause hearing is later this month.