MD: DOCTOR ALLEGES ASSAULT DURING ISLAMIC RITUAL
A hospital security guard has been charged with second-degree assault for allegedly manhandling a doctor after watching him perform an Islamic prayer ritual at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, prosecutors said yesterday.
The doctor, Mohammed A. Hussain, sought criminal charges late last week against the guard, Rodney Corban, in connection with a $30 million civil lawsuit Hussain filed against the hospital last month in which he alleges assault, battery and emotional distress.
The trial for the criminal case is set to begin June 26, according to court documents.
The Baltimore City state's attorney's office has not determined whether to prosecute the misdemeanor charge, said Joseph Sviatko, a spokesman.
"Our office would prosecute this case assuming that after it's reviewed we think that there's a criminal case here," Sviatko said.
If convicted, Corban could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine, Sviatko said.
Corban could not be reached at the hospital yesterday. Hospital spokeswoman Ellen Beth Levitt said the hospital could not comment on charges filed against an employee.
The charges, which Hussain's attorney plans to announce at a news conference this morning, stem from a March 22 incident in which Hussain claims he was assaulted before undergoing surgery for oral cancer.
Hussain went into a hospital restroom to perform the Islamic ritual, known as wudhu, in which he washed his hands and feet to purify his body and soul before praying. Corban walked into the restroom and proceeded to manhandle Hussain, yell racial epithets at him, push him down the corridor and order him to leave the hospital, Hussain said in an interview and court filings.