Emad Fathy Moawad of Marina del Rey, California, has been charged with sexually abusing nine patients at his Los Angeles dental office, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.
“This case is especially concerning because its victims are low-income people and immigrants who are less likely to report crimes due to fear,” said Gascón. “We are asking other possible victims to come forward and help us keep our community safe.”
Moawad faces nine counts of sexual battery by restraint, three counts of sexual penetration by use of force, and one count of attempted sexual penetration by use of force.
According to the criminal complaint, the charged assaults happened between 2013 and 2018 at the dentist’s office on Beverly Boulevard and Normandie Avenue. The victims ranged in age from 27 to 73 years old.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles Police Department’s Operation West Bureau Special Assault Section at (213) 473-0447.