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    Sunday, July 21, 2024

    Norwich pediatrician charged with sexually assaulting patient

    Norwich ― A prominent Norwich pediatrician is accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile patient seen at his New London Turnpike offices earlier this year, police said.

    Dr. Ravi Prakash, 61, turned himself into Norwich police at 1:45 p.m. on June 28 after being charged with fourth-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor, and felony risk of injury to a minor, Lt. Kyle Besse said on Friday.

    Besse said an arrest warrant affidavit stated Prakash’s arrest stemmed from a May 2 complaint filed by a juvenile patient. He said police interviewed both the complainant and a parent ahead of filing for an arrest warrant, which was not made available for review as of Friday evening.

    No other information was immediately available, though Besse said the alleged incident was related to Prakash’s practice, Prakash Pediatrics, at 124 New London Turnpike.

    Prakash was released after posting 7% in cash of a $50,000 bond in the case and is due to be arraigned Thursday in Norwich Superior Court, according to the state’s judicial website.

    According to his practice’s webpage, Prakash has 27 years' experience in pediatric care, including 20 in Norwich.

    Calls to Prakash’s office late Friday afternoon were not answered.

    j.penney@theday.com