The former dentist allegedly sexually abused three men after administering nitrous oxide to incapacitate them.
A former Washington, DC-based dentist has been indicted by a grand jury on charges that he sexually assaulted patients while they were incapacitated by nitrous oxide.
Bilal Ahmed, DDS, 44, was charged in the sexual assault of three patients and one former employee.
A news release issued recently by the US Department of Justice stated that in May 2014, Dr. Ahmed gave nitrous oxide to a male patient through a facemask. According to the patient, when the mask was removed from his face, he realized that Dr. Ahmed was sexually assaulting him. The patient said that at the time of the assault, the door to the room was closed and that he was alone with the doctor.
Authorities have said that the investigation has uncovered other victims, including two now former patients and one former employee—all male. The patients also allege that they were under nitrous oxide at the time of the assaults.
Dr. Ahmed’s DC and Maryland licenses have since been suspended, according to the release. As a condition of his pre-trial release, he has been forbidden from practicing in any capacity.
The doctor was indicted on 21 counts of sexual abuse. He faces charges including 14 felony counts of sexual abuse, 4 misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse, and three misdemeanor counts of assault.
His former office manager, Mahsha Azimirad, was also indicted on charges of allegedly providing false testimony to a grand jury in November 2014.