A Quad-City anesthesiologist, originally charged with sexual abuse for allegedly fondling a patient, pleaded guilty to lesser charges Friday and was sentenced to 12 months probation.
Venkateswara Rao Karuparthy, 60, of Bettendorf was originally charged with two counts of criminal sexual abuse, a Class 4 felony with a prison sentence of one to three years. He pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal to one count of reckless conduct and one count of assault, both misdemeanors.
Karuparthy must serve 364 days in jail if he fails to comply with the conditions of his probation. His jail sentence would be day-for-day, meaning each day served counts for two days towards the sentence. He will also be required to pay a fine of $2,500.
The incident occurred Aug. 23, 2018 according to the charges.
According to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Karuparthy’s license to practice medicine and surgery in Illinois was suspended Nov. 7, 2018, for engaging in sexual misconduct in his practice.
Karuparthy had practiced at Integrative Pain Center of America in Rock Island. It closed after his license was suspended.
He had also practiced in Scott County, and he entered an agreement with the Iowa Board of Medicine in August 2019 to refrain from practicing in Iowa until his criminal charges in Illinois were resolved.