Second patient alleges sexual assault by Dr. William Dando in lawsuit

A second patient at a Western Maryland urgent care center is accusing Dr. William Dando, a former Catonsville family practitioner, of sexually assaulting her, according to a lawsuit filed in Allegany County.

A woman from Keyser, W.Va., said she visited MedExpress Urgent Care near Cumberland after injuring her back in a fall in September 2013. Dando treated her, and during an examination behind a closed door, fondled her, the woman said in the lawsuit, filed July 24 in Allegany County Circuit Court.

After she flinched and pulled away, Dando left the room, and after several minutes, she sought out a staff member, the lawsuit said. The Baltimore Sun does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.

The lawsuit seeks more than $1.5 million in damages against Dando and MedExpress, which the plaintiff argues was negligent in hiring Dando. Neither Dando, his lawyer or a spokeswoman for MedExpress could be immediately reached for comment.

MedExpress said it fired Dando after another woman told police that he inappropriately touched her during an unchaperoned pelvic examination at MedExpress, in LaVale, outside of Cumberland. Dando was indicted in May based on those accusations, for which he is slated to stand trial Sept. 3. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Dando previously served four years of a 10-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to raping a woman at gunpoint in Florida in 1986, while he was completing a medical residency there.

He was licensed to practice medicine in Maryland in 1996, for more than a decade operating a family practice on Frederick Road in Catonsville. He closed that practice and joined MedExpress in May 2013.

Maryland health officials are investigating how Dando came to be licensed despite the rape conviction, and are weighing a proposal for a state law requiring background checks of physicians.

MedExpress officials have said they are investigating how Dando was able to pass a background check conducted by a third party hired by the Morgantown, W.Va., company.

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