A 19-year prison sentence has been handed down to a phlebotomist who worked for Children’s Medical Center of Plano after he pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching six teenage patients.
On February 24, Mohammad Ali, 46, of Plano entered guilty pleas to seven counts of indecency with a child, according to Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
“This perpetrator preyed upon young teenage girls who trusted him to do his job right,” Willis said. “In the end, it was the courage of these very girls that helped us catch him and hold him accountable. He won’t be preying on any more children.”
Ali was hired by the Plano, Texas children’s medical center in March 2015. Just a few months later, the assaults began.
In December 2015 a teenage girl alleged that Ali inappropriately touched her over her clothing as her blood was being drawn in an outpatient lab. Five additional teens filed reports following the initial claim, describing similar assaults that occurred between August and December 2015. The victims were between the ages of 12 and 15 when Ali committed the offenses.
Plano Police spokesman David Tilley said that Ali allegedly told one victim “he was massaging her to get the blood flowing.”
According to an affidavit, Ali was questioned about his behavior by a fellow employee, but he denied any wrongdoing. The investigation also revealed that a coworker found a handwritten list of pornography websites on Ali’s desk that also contained the words “kitten addicted.”
Ali was initially placed on administrative leave following his arrest. His employment was later terminated by the hospital.
“We are deeply disappointed and dismayed by this behavior,” hospital spokesman Scott Summerall said. “The protection and well-being of our patients and their families is our number one concern. These actions do not represent the mission and values of our organization and the many selfless professionals committed to providing quality care to the children of North Texas.”
Dallas Morning News, who reported the incident, did not include information on Ali’s citizenship or immigration status or country of origin.
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