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Fort Myers doctor accused of sexually assaulting unconscious patients

A Fort Myers doctor is facing serious sexual assault charges and two lawsuits.

Dr. Asif Choudhury is accused of sexually assaulting his patients while performing medical procedures.

Choudhury is out of jail and no longer practicing with the Lee Health System.

“It’s one of the most bizarre cases I’ve ever been involved with,” Bruce Scheiner said.

Scheiner is representing two women whose routine trip to the doctor took a terrible turn.

“It’s just crazy, because they had no idea that that happened,” Scheiner continues.

His clients are suing Choudhury.

A nurse claims she witnessed him sexually assaulting a patient in the middle of the procedure.

“He’s abusing that power, it’s disheartening to hear that,” said a nursing student, Sarah West.

Choudhury is facing multiple counts of a first-degree felony.

His lawyer was unable to be reached for comment.

 

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Fort Myers doctor accused of sexually assaulting unconscious patients

A Fort Myers doctor is facing serious sexual assault charges and two lawsuits.

Dr. Asif Choudhury is accused of sexually assaulting his patients while performing medical procedures.

Choudhury is out of jail and no longer practicing with the Lee Health System.

“It’s one of the most bizarre cases I’ve ever been involved with,” Bruce Scheiner said.

Scheiner is representing two women whose routine trip to the doctor took a terrible turn.

“It’s just crazy, because they had no idea that that happened,” Scheiner continues.

His clients are suing Choudhury.

A nurse claims she witnessed him sexually assaulting a patient in the middle of the procedure.

“He’s abusing that power, it’s disheartening to hear that,” said a nursing student, Sarah West.

Choudhury is facing multiple counts of a first-degree felony.

His lawyer was unable to be reached for comment.

 

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Graffiti raises concerns throughout Cape Coral

Graffiti has caused hundreds of dollars worth of damage throughout Cape Coral.

Officers with the Cape Coral Police Department said they are looking into several cases regarding graffiti in the south and central districts.

The latest case took place at Tudor Villas Corporation off of Del Prado Boulevard.

Lars Mansson came across graffiti on Tuesday morning after smelling the paint.

“One of my supervisors said, ‘Yeah when I started this morning I smelt fresh paint,’ and I couldn’t figure out where it was,” Mansson said.

Mansson found a large symbol spray painted in red on his seawall.

“That’s something we don’t want in our business or our city,” Mansson said.

According to a police report, the vandal, or vandals, did $500 of damage to the seawall. Mansson said he would repaint it by the end of the week.

In the meantime, those living along the canal behind the graffiti said they hope something is done to put a stop to the vandalism.

“Hopefully it’s teenagers being teenagers, and they’ll stop them,” Cape Coral resident Joe Wright said.

Officers with the Cape Coral Police Department said this incident isn’t the only mark of trouble. The same symbols have popped up on homes, garages and other businesses throughout the city.

“I’m sure it’s all related if they’re doing the same symbols,” Cape Coral resident, Chery Wonderly said.

People living in the area said no matter where they see the figure, they want it gone.

“I hope they can find who’s doing this and get to the bottom of it,” Wonderly added.

Officers with the Cape Coral Police Department are actively looking into who is behind the vandalism.

They could not confirm if the activity is gang-related, but officers said whoever is behind it can face criminal charges.

 

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Graffiti continues to raise concerns throughout Cape Coral

Graffiti has caused hundreds of dollars worth of damage throughout Cape Coral.

Officers with the Cape Coral Police Department said they are looking into several cases regarding graffiti in the south and central districts.

The latest case took place at Tudor Villas Corporation off of Del Prado Boulevard.

Lars Mansson came across graffiti on Tuesday morning after smelling the paint.

“One of my supervisors said, ‘Yeah when I started this morning I smelt fresh paint,’ and I couldn’t figure out where it was,” Mansson said.

Mansson found a large symbol spray painted in red on his seawall.

“That’s something we don’t want in our business or our city,” Mansson said.

According to a police report, the vandal, or vandals, did $500 of damage to the seawall. Mansson said he would repaint it by the end of the week.

In the meantime, those living along the canal behind the graffiti said they hope something is done to put a stop to the vandalism.

“Hopefully it’s teenagers being teenagers, and they’ll stop them,” Cape Coral resident Joe Wright said.

Officers with the Cape Coral Police Department said this incident isn’t the only mark of trouble. The same symbols have popped up on homes, garages and other businesses throughout the city.

“I’m sure it’s all related if they’re doing the same symbols,” Cape Coral resident, Chery Wonderly said.

People living in the area said no matter where they see the figure, they want it gone.

“I hope they can find who’s doing this and get to the bottom of it,” Wonderly added.

Officers with the Cape Coral Police Department are actively looking into who is behind the vandalism.

They could not confirm if the activity is gang-related, but officers said whoever is behind it can face criminal charges.

 

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Tables turned: Teen gun thieves held at gunpoint until police arrive

A would-be victim turned the tables on teenagers trying to break into his car on Wednesday morning.

Detectives said 19-year-old Seth Logan and 17-year-old Vanessa Martinez were going car to car looking for unlocked doors on Hampton Park Court in Fort Myers.

They were eventually able to get into a truck and take off with a gun.

The teens continued down the block, trying to get into more cars when barking dogs alerted a would-be victim who had a gun of his own.

“Definitely turned the tables on them,” said neighbor Dustin Thomas.

That homeowner held the thieves at gunpoint until deputies arrived to arrest them.

Neighbors at the Cypress Cay Community said that man kept the teenage crooks from becoming armed and dangerous.

“It could have gotten a lot worse,” said Thomas. “They could have used it on somebody else, broken into somebody’s house.”

Investigators said this is yet another reminder to protect your property and lock your car doors.

 

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Tables turned: Teen gun thieves held at gunpoint until police arrive

A would-be victim turned the tables on teenagers trying to break into his car on Wednesday morning.

Detectives said 19-year-old Seth Logan and 17-year-old Vanessa Martinez were going car to car looking for unlocked doors on Hampton Park Court in Fort Myers.

They were eventually able to get into a truck and take off with a gun.

The teens continued down the block, trying to get into more cars when barking dogs alerted a would-be victim who had a gun of his own.

“Definitely turned the tables on them,” said neighbor Dustin Thomas.

That homeowner held the thieves at gunpoint until deputies arrived to arrest them.

Neighbors at the Cypress Cay Community said that man kept the teenage crooks from becoming armed and dangerous.

“It could have gotten a lot worse,” said Thomas. “They could have used it on somebody else, broken into somebody’s house.”

Investigators said this is yet another reminder to protect your property and lock your car doors.

 

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Positively SWFL: Jaylen Watkins encouraging local kids to read with book club

Super Bowl champion and Cape Coral High School graduate Jaylen Watkins visited his mom’s fifth-grade class at Hancock Creek Elementary School to encourage kids to read.

“To be able to come back to my hometown,” said Watkins. “I’m able to bring stuff that I learned back here and try to help these kids.”

Watkins’ mom, Brandy Peterson, has seen a difference in her student’s attitudes towards reading.

“The fact that he said ‘Reading is cool, go grab a book,’ and I showed them the clip,” said Peterson. “That’s the first thing they want to do as soon as they get here. ‘Can I go to the library and check out a book?’ I’m encouraging it and pushing the reading right behind him.”

The first book in the book club is “The Energy Bus.” Watkins believes it has the perfect message for young readers.

“The book alone is about being in control of your own bus and the positive people that are getting on and getting off of it,” Watkins said.

He spoke with students about maintaining a positive mindset, surrounding yourself with the right people, and overcoming adversity.

The message was received loud and clear.

“He inspires me and makes me want to do what I’m capable of doing,” said fifth-grade student Caroline Kamphouse.

Her classmate Aiden Matyas agrees.

“Growing up, I would like to be a Major League Baseball player,” said Matyas. “So I would like to be more similar to them.”

Over 120 people have already signed up for the book club.

 

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Florida Southwestern student accused of sexually harassing professor

A college student has been ordered to stay away from her former professor after he said she started sexually harassing him late last year.

Florida Southwestern State College history professor Matthew Vivyan told campus police that it started in October when a student, Sofia Diaz, was his class.

After initially asking for help writing a term paper, he said she began making sexually charged comments while in his office.

According to the incident report, Diaz mentioned owning a “sexy cop” Halloween costume and told the professor that he needed to be with a “younger woman.”

Vivyan told officers he thought the harassment would stop after she moved out of his class the next semester. Instead, he said the harassment continued, with more in-person visits and several “delusional” emails.

In one email, which Vivyan forwarded to campus officials, Diaz wrote, “I pray you stop avoiding me.”

In another one, she told the teacher to “grow a pair and ask [her] out.”

One former student called Vivyan one of her favorite teachers and said he was always willing to help out students.

“It has to be weird for him because I know he probably wasn’t expecting it,” she said. “I feel so bad for him because he’s such a nice guy.”

Diaz decided to report the emails to campus police in late January, at which point a no-contact order was issued to Diaz.

When reached for comment, Diaz said the allegations were not true. She refused to answer any more questions.

Vivyan did not return our calls for comment.

 

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Florida Southwestern student accused of sexually harassing professor

A college student has been ordered to stay away from her former professor after he said she started sexually harassing him late last year.

Florida Southwestern State College history professor Matthew Vivyan told campus police that it started in October when a student, Sofia Diaz, was in his class.

After initially asking for help writing a term paper, he said she began making sexually charged comments while in his office.

According to the incident report, Diaz mentioned owning a “sexy cop” Halloween costume and told the professor that he needed to be with a “younger woman.”

Vivyan told officers he thought the harassment would stop after she moved out of his class the next semester. Instead, he said the harassment continued, with more in-person visits and several “delusional” emails.

In one email, which Vivyan forwarded to campus officials, Diaz wrote, “I pray you stop avoiding me.”

In another one, she told the teacher to “grow a pair and ask [her] out.”

One former student called Vivyan one of her favorite teachers and said he was always willing to help out students.

“It has to be weird for him because I know he probably wasn’t expecting it,” she said. “I feel so bad for him because he’s such a nice guy.”

Vivyan decided to report the emails to campus police in late January, at which point a no-contact order was issued to Diaz.

When reached for comment, Diaz said the allegations were not true. She refused to answer any more questions.

Vivyan did not return our calls for comment.

 

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Health program’s budget for new and expecting mothers may soon be cut

One of the most impactful programs for new and expecting mothers could soon have a third of its budget cut.

That would amount to $19 million.

Healthy Start was founded in 1991, and since then, the number of infant deaths has dropped 35 percent.

The program’s goal is to ensure a mother delivers a healthy baby with help from its resources and education of soon to be mothers and families.

“We do make such an impact,” said Valarie Bostic, Executive Director of Healthy Start Southwest Florida. “Fifteen-thousand women last year were served through Healthy Start services.”

The cut was proposed in the Senate’s version of the upcoming budget.

“Ninety-five cents out of every dollar that Healthy Start receives goes directly to programs, not to overhead. And, with a 30 percent cut, that would cut services,” Bostic added.

ABC7 reached out to Senator Anitere Flores, the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, regarding the possible cut but have not heard back.

Nothing is set in stone, but, Bostic hopes the push to cut a third of their budget fails.

“Families would be affected and as far as I’m concerned the babies are our future,” Bostic said passionately. “If we build into them now the future would be so much brighter.”

 

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