A prominent neurologist who is already charged with groping patients at a Philadelphia clinic is facing a growing number of accusations that he assaulted women at medical facilities in three states.

The Associated Press has learned at least 17 women in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey have stepped forward to accuse Dr. Ricardo Cruciani of sexual misconduct in incidents that go back at least a dozen years.

He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on charges that he assaulted seven patients in 2016, while he was chairman of Drexel University's neurology department.

Police and prosecutors in New Jersey, meanwhile, are opening a second investigation into the neurologist.

Some of the accusers and their lawyer want to know how closely the 63-year-old pain doctor was supervised and whether he could have been stopped sooner.

Cruciani's lawyer declined to comment.


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