By Jim Hagerty
A Rockford doctor at the center of federal fraud and sexual misconduct allegations was ordered to remain in the Cook County jail on a $250,000 bond Saturday, March 22, after being arrested on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Dr. Charles DeHaan, 59, was arrested Friday, March 21, at his Belvidere home. He appeared in court Saturday, March 22.
According to a complaint filed by the Cook County State’s Attorney, DeHaan is accused of sexually assaulting a 61-year-old Des Plaines, Ill., woman over a three-year period while he was paid to care for her in her home.
The alleged abuse occurred between 2009 and 2012, according to the complaint.
Prosecutors allege DeHaan would close the door of the woman’s room and force her to perform a sex act on him while he fondled her breasts and genitals. When the woman threatened to report the abuse, DeHaan allegedly told her nobody would believe her because she had emotional issues and that he was a “respected doctor.”
DeHaan’s medical license was suspended Jan. 16 after a string of Rockford women, including an 81-year-old resident of an assisted-living facility and a disabled woman in her 50s, claimed he sexually assaulted them during in-home visits.
The Illinois Department of Financial Regulation also alleged DeHaan prescribed a Rockford woman with painkillers, antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication in exchange for a sexual relationship.
A week later, the doctor was indicted on federal health care fraud charges and released on bond. He pleaded not guilty Feb. 12.
Attempts to reach DeHaan have been unsuccessful.
Posted March 24, 2014