An Ivy League-trained neurologist accused of repeatedly raping female patients appeared in court on Thursday alongside his still-supportive wife.
Six women have accused Dr Ricardo Cruciani, 63, of sexually abusing them during appointments at his Beth Israel Medical Center practice in Manhattan over a period of several years.
The renowned doctor was arrested at his home in February, just two months after he admitted to groping seven women in Pennsylvania but was merely sentenced to probation.
The New York accusers’ case against Cruciani is ongoing, with prosecutors having said in June that they will be pushing for a sentence of at least 10 years.
Cruciani wore a downtrodden expression as he left the Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday with his pediatrician wife Nora clutching his arm.
Neurologist Ricardo Cruciani, who is facing accusations of sexual misconduct from dozens of women, is pictured leaving Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday with his wife Nora
The 63-year-old was arrested in February, just two months after he was sentenced to probation for admitting to groping seven women while treating them in Pennsylvania
The specifics of Cruciani’s court appearance this week were not readily available.
DailyMail.com has reached out to the lawyer representing Cruciani, who is out on $1million bail.
Earlier this week the defendants, each listed under the name Jane Doe, hired attorney John M Pumphrey, who was involved in the Pennsylvania case against Cruciani.
At least 17 women across several states have come forward in the last year to accuse Cruciani of sexual misconduct, describing his creepy bedside manner that included unwanted touching and kissing.
Some of the women said they were coerced into oral sex, while another said he masturbated in front of her.
One woman was pregnant when she said he began abusing her by touching her breasts.
The women, who range in age from 31 to 55, have said they felt they had no choice but to continue to see the specialized neurologist because he is one of very few qualified to treat rare, complicated syndromes that produce debilitating pain.
They admitted they knew Cruciani, the former chairman of the neurology department at Philadelphia’s Drexel University, was taking advantage of their desperation.
Accuser Hillary Tullin, a former network news producer for ABC and CBS, said of the doctor: ‘These hospitals created this perfect storm of opportunity for him to victimize so many patients. The system failed.’
Cruciani worked at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital in Union Square in Manhattan until 2014
Cruciani is pictured leaving court in Philadelphia wife Nora following his November conviction
Last November, Cruciani was sentenced to serve seven years probation in connection with the allegations in Philadelphia.
While he avoided jail time, he was forced to give up his license and to register as a sex offender. He was also fired from Drexel University following his conviction.
During his sentencing, Cruciani apologized for the pain he had caused victims.
Months later in February, Cruciani was arrested for the set of disturbingly similar allegations out of New York.
In a statement at the time, a Mount Sinai spokesman told DailyMail.com: ‘We are deeply disturbed to learn about these charges and have been working closely with the investigation being led by the District Attorney’s office.
‘The Mount Sinai Health System is committed to a safe environment for all patients, faculty, staff, students, trainees and visitors.’