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Patient Says Pot Doc Sexually Assaulted Her

SACRAMENTO (CN) - A woman who sought a medical marijuana evaluation at a Sacramento clinic claims in court that a doctor stripped her pants off and sexually assaulted her.

In her Nov. 13 lawsuit in Superior Court, C.B. says she saw Dr. Logan Vincent Ford on March 26 at the 420 MD clinic "for a consultation for a marijuana recommendation."

She says Ford, alone with her in a room, "took a detailed medical history, including her complaints of abdominal pain. He also asked her about her sexual history."

She says Ford had her lie on an examination table and "proceeded to palpate her abdomen," then told her to unzip her pants "so that he could determine whether or not she was constipated." His hands "drifted lower and lower until he pulled down her pants and underwear," the complaint states.

It continues: "He moistened his index and middle finger with saliva and then pushed them into her vagina which caused plaintiff a great deal of pain. He then pulled plaintiff from the table, turned her quickly over, and from behind inserted his erect penis into her vagina against her will, all to satisfy his sexual perversion."

"Throughout the ordeal," she says, Ford "placed his fingers firmly over her lips to prevent her calling out for help." She says she "did not know what to do and was caught off guard because defendant was a doctor and she should have been safe with him."

C.B. says she was stunned by the attack, which she reported later to police.

Ford was arrested in August on charges of sexual assault and sexual exploitation by a physician, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

"The Sacramento County Sheriff Sexual Assault Bureau made an arrest of a licensed physician after an investigation into a patient's complaint revealed evidence of a sexual assault during a medical evaluation," the sheriff's office said at the time. The Sacramento Bee and other news sources identified the physician as Ford, then 31.

Ford is scheduled for a Dec. 4 hearing on criminal charges, according to Sacramento County Superior Court records. He is charged with two felonies and misdemeanors.

In addition to his Sacramento office, Ford is believed to have worked at practices in Oakland and Berkeley.

C.B. seeks punitive damages from Ford for sexual battery and medical malpractice and from the 420 MD clinic for negligent hiring and supervision. She is represented by Parker White, with Poswall, White & Brelsford of Sacramento. White did not respond to a voicemail left Wednesday morning.

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