Researcher Kevin Sherlock tells the story of sex offender Nabil Ghali and his many malpractice suits for botched abortions:
“Nabil Ghali used to practice as an OB/GYN in Kentucky. But his repeated cases of malpractice and his convictions for sex offenses stemming from charges three young girls made against him led Ghali to start performing abortions on girls and young women… Since his move to abortion, Ghali has been accused of killing a woman with an abortion and has been sued for abortion-related malpractice seven times.
Interviews with law enforcement and health officials, and review of court cases, agency documents, and newspaper articles reveal the following facts about Ghali:
Ghali, a clear malpractice liability to two Northern Kentucky hospitals that staffed him, reportedly resigned from both hospital staffs in 1981 following an internal investigation at one of the hospitals for malpractice. Ghali later took a staff position with the Cincinnati Health Department. But Ghali resigned from the Cincinnati Health Department in late 1982 just before then-Councilman Ken Blackwell…could get him fired for professional incompetence and for his sex crimes conviction.
Ghali’s four-count sex offenses conviction caused him much more trouble with Kentucky and Ohio State medical regulators than his numerous malpractice cases did. Kentucky officials revoked Ghali’s doctor’s license in 1983, and Ohio officials suspended his doctor’s license indefinitely in 1984 because of his sexual crimes…
Florida granted Ghali a doctor’s license in 1981. However, Ghali evidently did not actively practice in the Sunshine State until about 1985… About 1985, Ghali apparently switched the focus of his practice to performing abortions. Florida medical officials revoked Ghali’s license for misconduct in 1987, but Ghali continued to operate as an abortion provider in that state while he appealed his license revocation.
Ghali also went to court to get his Ohio license unsuspended… Ohio health officials gave Ghali a new license in 1988. Ghali later started performing abortions in Akron and Cleveland.
Ohio health officials decided to revoke Ghali’s doctor’s license in 1991 because of Ghali’s repeated lying about his track record on applications. However, Ghali kept his license for a couple of more years while he appealed the ruling. He kept on performing abortions until late 1996 – when Cleveland police arrested him on suspicion of practicing without a license and sexual assault…
Ghali was charged with five counts of unlawful transaction with a minor in 1982 because he sexually exploited one or more young girls. The girls, ranging in age from 14 to 8, accused Ghali of the following crimes:
fondling girls as young as five years old at parties in his home.
pulling a girl’s swimsuit off of her and having sexual intercourse with her.
repeatedly having sex with a girl in his bedroom and in an outdoor whirlpool bath.
In a judge–only juvenile court trial, Campbell County District Court Judge Leonard Kopowski found Ghali guilty of four counts of unlawful transaction with a minor in November 1982. He sentenced Ghali to a year in jail (and suspended all but 30 days, 30 days of inpatient psychiatric treatment in lieu of the 30 day jail sentence, and two years probation. The judge also ordered Ghali to pay $2000 to a local women’s facility, and pay for one girl’s treatment.
(Tom Calme, then the investigator of the case…told me in an interview Ghali refused to undergo inpatient psychiatric treatment and served 30 days in jail instead.)…
[Calme] noted prosecutors had felony – weight evidence of Ghali’s sexual misconduct against young girls. But he said the parents of the girls were afraid of the publicity a felony trial would bring their daughters, so authorities had to settle for trying the case in secret in the confidential arena of juvenile court.”
Sources: Kentucky Post, 11/11/82; Cincinnati Enquirer, 11/11/82, 11/12/82, and 1/13/83
Kevin Sherlock The Scarlet Survey (Akron, Ohio, Brennyman Books, 1997) 16-17
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