Montgomery County doctor accused of regularly raping young girl for nearly 20 years

Virendra Saxena. (Photo, Montgomery County Police)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) — An intensive care unit physician with more than 35 years in medicine regularly raped a girl over the course of nearly two decades, Montgomery County Police allege in court documents obtained by ABC7.

On Thursday, a Montgomery County grand jury formally indicted Virendra Saxena, 60, of Darnestown, Md., with four counts of second-degree rape, two counts of sex abuse of a minor, two counts of second-degree sex offense and one count of third degree sex offense. All told, he faces up to 180 years in prison.

According to court filings, Saxena is a contracted ICU physician at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville. He has worked at the hospital for around 20 years, but has practiced medicine for more than three decades.

Authorities explain Saxena used pencils, pens, a hairbrush and his fingers to sexually assault a young girl (now a grown women) - often while he looked at pornography. The alleged victim also recalled "crying and screaming" during the frequent sexual abuse, which reportedly occurred between 1987 and 2004.

In order to protect the alleged victim's identity, ABC7 is not describing Saxena's association with her. However, police make clear the conduct did not involve the doctor's current or former patients, and add that it did not occur at any medical facility.

According to the Maryland Board of Physicians, Saxena graduated from the Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India in 1978. Board records explain he later enrolled in postgraduate training at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, and the now defunct D.C. General Hospital.

As of this story's publication, Saxena's medical license remained active and in good standing. ABC7 emailed the Maryland Board of Physicians seeking to learn what warrants revocation of a doctor's medical license. We did not receive a response.

Saxena has retained criminal defense attorney Andrew Jezic, whose Wheaton-based law office has previously represented dozens of people accused of sexually related crimes in Maryland.

In a February 26, legal filing, Jezic wrote that his client does not have a prior criminal record, poses no "flight risk" and suffers from a number of health ailments, including, insulin-dependent diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and "a hole in his heart." Jezic also called into question the alleged victim's damning claims of sexual abuse, more than a decade after it reportedly ended.

"Dr. Saxena is 100 percent innocent. He has been a beloved and widely respected physician in Montgomery County for 30 years, as demonstrated by the 50 physicians, nurses and friends who were present at his bail review hearing. These allegations are utter fabrications, made 17 years after the last supposed event. It is inconceivable that so many years would have gone by without the accuser telling one physician, teacher or therapist. As the judicial process plays out, the hidden motivations for these false charges will be unmasked. Dr. Saxena’s superb reputation will be soon be vindicated," Jezic wrote in an email to ABC7.

A spokeswoman for Adventist HealthCare, the Gaithersburg-based company, which owns the Shady Grove Medical Center, explained that Saxena worked as a contracted physician, caring only for adult patients in the ICU. However, due to the pending criminal case, he is no longer treating people at the hospital. Adventist HealthCare also underscored that law enforcement has not contacted them about the case, but is willing to provide assistance if that changes.

Thanks to the support of family and friends, Saxena posted his $500,000 bond and was released from Montgomery County custody on March 2. A trial date has not yet been set.

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