Former NorthShore gynecologist sentenced for abusing patients
SKOKIE (AP) -- A former NorthShore obstetrician/gynecologist has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting that he sexually abused two of his former patients during exams.
Dr. Fabio Ortega, 75, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in Cook County Circuit Court to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
The charges stem from incidents in which the two women said Ortega sexually abused them during exams in 2017 and 2016 while he was employed with the NorthShore University HealthSystem, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Nine civil lawsuits involving similar accusations from other women have been consolidated in Cook County Circuit Court, said Tamara Holder, an attorney representing those women.
Some of those civil suits also name NorthShore and Swedish Covenant Hospital as defendants and allege that NorthShore failed to warn patients about allegations made against Ortega.
Ortega worked at Swedish before working at NorthShore, according to the suits, which allege that NorthShore permitted him to retire rather than fire him. Swedish has since become part of NorthShore.
NorthShore said in a statement Tuesday that it was unable to comment on any litigation related to Ortega. The health system has also declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding the end of his employment.
Ortega's medical license was suspended in 2018 for "engaging in sexual misconduct with (a) patient of his practice," according to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.