This Doctor Hooked His Patients on Opioids So He Could Sexually Abuse Them for Years

  • by: Care2
  • recipient: New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania authorities and all the hospitals that employed Mr. Cruciani

Chronic pain can be absolutely debilitating and extremely difficult to treat. That's how so many women ended up in Dr. Ricardo Cruciani's office: he was a neurologist who had specialized in treating pain. He also pleaded guilty in 2017 to sexually abusing a number of his female patients while they were under his medical care. But the first reports of misconduct go back as far as 2005 and there is clear evidence many more people knew about the abuse and did nothing.

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It appears Mr. Cruciani had a whole system worked out to carry out his sexual abuse. He would prescribe extremely high doses of opioid pain medications to patients, thus putting them in a position of reliance on the meds. Then he would slowly start to escalate inappropriate behavior. When patients objected, he threatened to stop prescribing them the meds they so desperately needed. Because he had been irresponsibly prescribing high doses, no other pain doctors were willing to take them on as patients. He had these women trapped and he knew it.

Cruciani surrendered his medical license in 2017 after his final employer, Drexel University, actually opened an investigation into the many complaints against him. But how is it possible that he was able to abuse his patients for at least 12 years? Lawsuits by his victims detail how he would have one-on-one visits with patients that included him molesting them, masturbating in front of them and demanding oral sex from them, among other things. 

Over the years, multiple victims filed police reports and complaints with hospitals or hospital staff and nothing was ever done to stop him until 2017. Even then, it only happened after 5 victims and 3 staff came forward. It is absolutely disgusting that this man was so easily able to abuse vulnerable patients in multiple ways and get away with it for so long. Cruciani faces criminal charges in two more states now, but so far, none of the people who knew and failed to act have faced any consequences!

Please sign the petition demanding everyone who looked the other way be investigated and charged for their failure to protect patients!

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