In 2013, when Dr. Shafeeq Sheikh was a medical resident, he raped a sedated hospitalized patient. Two years later, DNA tests linked Dr. Sheikh to the crime. After being convicted of second-degree sexual assault, he was sentenced to 10 years probation, his medical license suspended. The complicated criminal investigation of this case had many barriers for hospital and law enforcement investigators, including patient history, provider attitudes, and systems barriers. Challenges included perceived privacy, suspect role, and health care provider and staff attitudes, which further hindered the investigation.
Pt. I of this case study will provide an in-depth discussion about the case, challenges, and strategies to overcome barriers to sharing information, discovery of key information necessary to follow the trail, and lessons learned by criminal and hospital investigators on the way to a conviction for rape.
Pt. 2 will discuss the collaborative processes used between hospitals and law enforcement, specifically to increase the efficiency of parallel investigations. The presenters will discuss key strategies to improve collaboration and how to design law enforcement strategies that apply in a health care setting, specifically to prevent communication failures in a criminal investigation.