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Doctor faces sex charges

He's accused of molesting two patients ages 15 and 18.

By CARY DAVIS

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 11, 2000


ZEPHYRHILLS -- A 34-year-old doctor was arrested Wednesday on charges he molested a teenage girl and a young woman last year in the examination room of his Zephyrhills office, according to court records.

Zafar Syed Shah, who lives in New Tampa, was charged with two felony counts of sexual battery. He turned himself in at the Dade City Police Department and was released after posting $75,000 bond.

The alleged incidents occurred last summer at the Midtown Clinic, where Shah, an internal medicine and diabetes specialist, was once a partner.

Shah left the clinic in the wake of his August arrest on separate charges that he had sex with a 15-year-old girl.

According to an affidavit filed last week by Zephyrhills police Detective Randy Belasic, an 18-year-old woman said Shah molested her during a June 23 examination for birth control.

Two weeks later, Belasic wrote in another affidavit, Shah molested a 15-year-old girl -- a different girl than in the August incident -- when he was supposed to be examining her knee. The girl had gone to the clinic on July 6 to translate for her mother, who had an appointment to see Shah.

The Times is withholding the names of both young women because of the nature of the charges.

Dr. Ghani Abdul, Shah's former partner at the Midtown Clinic, declined to comment Thursday.

On his arrest affidavit, Shah listed the Woodland Medical Center in Palm Harbor as his new business address. But the telephone number he included for his practice had been disconnected Thursday. Shah did not return a message left on his answering machine at his home in the Hunter's Green subdivision.

The case involving his Aug. 6 arrest on lewd and lascivious charges is still pending. According to reports, Shah admitted having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl in her family's Dade City home.

The girl's mother walked into the living room and found Shah and her daughter having intercourse on a mattress on the floor, reports said. Shah, the mother told police, said he loved the girl and intended to marry her when she turned 18. The mother told police she hit Shah in the face, reports say, and he ran from the house.

A check of state records Thursday showed Shah had an active medical license. It expires in 2002.

Bill Parizek, a spokesman with the Florida Department of Health, said he could not confirm whether the agency was investigating Shah's actions.

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