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Attorneys waiting for evidence reports in doctor sex abuse case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An east Louisville doctor has been charged with sex abuse.

Attorneys for both the alleged victim and the accused doctor say they look forward to DNA evidence results of an event that happened last Friday.  Tara Batrice's attorney says a degenerative bone condition brought her to East Louisville Neurology where she met Dr. Ghias Arar.

"He asked her to disrobe so he could look at her incisions from her hips and things proceeded from that point," said attorney Thomas Clay.

After that, 37-year-old Batrice told police Arar ripped her bra off and began fondling her while touching himself. The report states she continuously told him to stop and attempted to push him away.

"It's pretty shocking to me," Clay said.  "She was virtually helpless; she had to rely on a walker to ambulate. He took the walker away from her so she couldn't walk and get away."

Arar's attorneys maintain his innocence and believe Batrice is making the whole thing up.  "Dr. Arar has not engaged in any such acts and obviously questions the motives of an individual seeking financial gain in this matter," said attorney Todd Lewis.

Her attorney says she has proof, which she gave to doctors at University of Louisville Hospital when she was examined after the supposed incident.

"She has bruising and actual cuts on her body where she tried to resist his advances unsuccessfully," Clay said.

"She has a torn brassiere, plus physical evidence of his sexual activity which she has turned over to the police."

His attorneys say they're anticipating the results of the DNA reports.  "We are eager to see the reports that will identify the injuries that she is claiming," said Khalid Kahloon, another attorney for Arar.

His attorneys claim Batrice was "doctor shopping" and attempting to get prescription pain medicine, which they said they are investigating.  "We have reason to believe based on our initial investigation that Mrs. Batrice had a history of drug-related offenses in Texas," said Kahloon.

Clay says that was dismissed in court years ago and he believes evidence will speak for itself.  "I guess what they are trying to do is shift the spotlight from this doctor to somehow compromise her credibility, but it is going to be hard to do," Clay said.

Arar's attorneys maintain he would never engage in any such acts.  Clay said they are not implying that this type of incident has happened to others, but he has no way of knowing.  "We're not accusing the doctor of any past practices like this, although this is something the victim is concerned about, and if there are other people out there who may have experienced a similar situation, then she is definitely interested in those people coming forward," Clay said.

Clay said Arar runs a sleep clinic.  "So that raises issues about what might have happened while people were sleeping, we don't know.  Certainly if there are people out there who think they might have been subjected to similar treatment, we want to make those situations known as well."

Arar was released from jail on bond Saturday.  Batrice's attorney says they are concerned the Syrian native might try to leave the country.  He will be arraigned in district court on Tuesday.

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