Denton doctor suspended after sexual assault allegations

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by DEBBIE DENMON

WFAA

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 16 at 3:50 PM

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DENTON — A Denton County doctor who is quoted saying he does "what is best for the patient" is now considered "a continuing threat to the public welfare."

Those are the words of the Texas Medical Board, the state agency that suspended the license of Dr. Ramon A. Cruz on Monday for what it calls "sexually inappropriate behavior with several patients."

Patients reported four incidents to Denton police, including one alleged sexual assault.

Cruz, who owns a family practice clinic at 2245 Brinker Road, a few blocks from Denton Regional Medical Center, told News 8 he denies all of the allegations.

His accusers say he used "aggressive behavior" toward them dating back to 2008, but no action was taken until this week.

Documents reveal one patient accused Cruz of putting "his hand down the front of her pajama pants."

Another patient alleges the doctor was "grabbing her from behind and putting his hand under her shirt."

Cruz told News 8 that those patients were mad that he decided to stop treating them.

Dr. Cruz' medical practice is now closed since his license is suspended. But he posted a sign on the front door prior to the Medical Board's action saying the clinic will reopen on March 21.

The Texas Medical Board said Cruz' suspension remains in effect until the board takes further action.

Patients who stopped by his office on Tuesday said they were shocked to learn of the allegations.

Cruz  is a graduate of University of the East in the Philippines, according to state records. He was licensed to practice medicine in Texas in 1997

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