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Dr. Kishor Jain

Dr. Kishor Jain

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Updated: April 7, 2013 6:29AM



A Frankfort pediatrician facing criminal sex charges won’t return to the examining room anytime soon.

State professional regulation officials Tuesday decided to maintain the medical license suspension for Kishor N. Jain, 59, of 767 Tanglewood Lane, after Jain refused to testify in a hearing on the suspension Tuesday.

Jain faces two civil lawsuits along with 10 criminal counts of sex abuse and five counts of battery, all filed in Will County.

Jain had been working as a pediatrician at Hedges Clinic, 222 Colorado Ave. in Frankfort. He no longer works there, a clinic supervisor has confirmed.

Jain’s license will remain suspended, pending the outcome of his criminal case, said Sue Hofer, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Jain may request another hearing, she said. But if he is found guilty of the sex crimes, his license will be automatically revoked.

The state suspended Jain’s license Feb. 20 because his alleged actions constitute a danger to the public.

Two women have filed civil lawsuits against Jain in Will County, claiming he fondled them during office visits at the clinic.

During one checkup in late February or early March 2011, Kelly Meister claims Jain massaged her breast while examining a pulled muscle in her chest.

Jessica Schubbe made a police report in August 2011, when she was allegedly fondled by Jain during an office visit for her child. Her case had been under investigation since then.

Media coverage of Schubbe’s lawsuit gave other women — including Meister, her lawyer said — the courage to come forward to Frankfort police, which led to the criminal charges, police said.

Jain is scheduled to appear in court May 20 on the Schubbe lawsuit and June 10 on the Meister lawsuit.

He turned himself in to Frankfort police Feb. 15 when he learned of a warrant for his arrest on the criminal charges. He posted bond and was released.

Jain is scheduled to appear on the criminal case at 1:30 p.m. March 19 in Will County court.

Jain was acquitted more than 10 years ago of a criminal charge for allegedly fondling a woman. In 2002, Jain claimed “justice prevailed” after a Will County judge acquitted him of misdemeanor battery.

That charge stemmed from claims by one of Jain’s former pediatric patients, Brenda Doyle, who told Frankfort police that when she brought her infant in for a checkup in December 2001, Jain touched her breasts and tried to put his hand down her pants while asking her about sex positions.

Despite the acquittal, the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation reprimanded Jain for the incident in 2006. As part of the discipline, Jain was required to complete 20 hours of continuing education in record keeping, case management and boundary issues.

In 2002, Robin Mendoza and Kerry Tadej filed a lawsuit claiming Jain fondled them on two separate office visits in 2001. Tadej was Jain’s patient, while Mendoza’s child was Jain’s patient.

Mendoza testified about the encounter during Jain’s 2002 battery trial, claiming Jain touched her inappropriately when she and her 5-year-old son came to the Frankfort clinic complaining of illness.

She testified that she told the doctor she had a fever and difficulty breathing and that she ached all over her body, and claimed that he fondled her during the exam while she was alone in the room with him.

The lawsuit brought by Mendoza and Tadej was settled out of court in 2007.



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