Venkateswara Rao Karuparthy made his first appearance Thursday on charges that he fondled a patient.
Karuparthy, 58, of Bettendorf, faces two counts of criminal sexual abuse, according to Rock Island County court records.The charges are related to an incident authorities say happened Aug. 23. A warrant was issued on Dec. 19.
Thursday's appearance was before county Judge Frank R. Fuhr, court records state. Karuparthy pleaded innocent, and his next court date was set for Jan. 22. He is free on $25,000 bail, with the condition that he not have any contact with the victim.
According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Karuparthy’s license to practice medicine and surgery in Illinois was suspended Nov. 7 for engaging in sexual misconduct in his practice.
Karuparthy had practiced at Integrative Pain Center of America in Rock Island. The center closed after his license was suspended.
His license to practice in Iowa is inactive, according to the Iowa Board of Medicine website.
Scott County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Karuparthy on the warrant in December.