A San Diego County psychiatrist has been accused of sexually assaulting three female patients, one of whom claims he groped her breast and buttocks, according to records filed last month with the Medical Board of California.
The medical board filed on Sept. 13 accusations against Dr. Leon Fajerman, who has offices in El Cajon and Chula Vista. It is seeking to revoke the psychiatrist’s license, which has been temporarily suspended pending a formal hearing. The 12-page document includes details of alleged inappropriate sexual acts with three female patients.
One patient, referred to as “S.D. or Patient D.,” who was the first one to complain to the medical board and police about alleged misconduct, claims Fajerman placed an appointment reminder card inside the top of her dress after a session in October 2016, then proceeded to grope her and tell her he would like to undress her.
Patient D. made several attempts to pull away during this time, according to the accusation. Fajerman then tried to set up a meeting “when nobody would be in the office” so they could have sexual intercourse.
During recorded phone conversations, which Patient D. conducted at the request of law enforcement, Fajerman allegedly admitted engaging in sexual misconduct with the woman and said “when you like something, you go for it.”
Fajerman did not respond to calls and messages seeking comment. The messaging system at Fajerman’s office says his practice is permanently closed. Fajerman’s attorney, Robert Frank, did not respond to calls seeking comment in time for publication.
Fajerman denied the allegations that he sexually assaulted the patient in a sworn declaration, but acknowledged that he overstepped his professional boundaries in certain respects, according to additional documents filed in August with the state administrative court.
Records show Fajerman admitted to kissing Patient D. on the cheek and hugging her at the end of their appointment. He said he thought Patient D. was trying to pursue a sexual relationship with him on the phone, and he should have ended the call professionally instead of playing along.
A second patient, referred to as “R.Q. or Patient Q.,” claims Fajerman pulled down the neckline of her dress and exposed one of her breasts at the end of a session in December 2016 and molested her.
According to the accusation, Patient Q. told Fajerman to stay away from her and left the appointment, but continued to see him because she needed treatment and pain medication for her tail bone.
Medical board records show an administrative law judge suspended Fajerman’s medical license on July 28, pending a hearing and final ruling on the accusations against him.
“Permitting Dr. Fajerman to continue to engage in the practice of medicine will endanger the public health, safety and welfare,” the judge said following an August hearing related to the suspension order. “He took advantage of [Patient D.’s] vulnerability and dependence upon him for treatment of her psychiatric condition.”
Medical board records show Fajerman has been a licensed physician in California since November 1978. He’s fluent in Hebrew, Spanish, Italian and Yiddish. A full list of disciplined doctors in California, categorized by year, is available at bit.ly/doctoractions.