A south Fort Myers gastroenterologist faces fees he sexually assaulted a affected person whereas performing an unspecified remedy.

In response to the Lee County Sheriff’s Workplace, a nurse witnessed Dr. Asif Choudhury, 55, assaulting the patient and contacted supervisors, who then reported it to authorities.

Additional details of the allegations were not immediately available.

Choudhury practices at Florida Digestive Care, located at 14131 Metropolis Ave., Suite 101, near Gulf Coast Medical Center. Its treatments include colonoscopies and others related to digestive system health.

The door to Florida Digestive Care was locked Friday afternoon, and no clinic employees were visible inside the front lobby.

Choudhury has hospital privileges at Lee Memorial Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center and Lehigh Regional Medical Center, state records show. He has previously held medical licenses in New York, Minnesota and North Dakota.

The only professional discipline on record happened in 2005 in Florida, when he was cited for performing an endoscopy on the wrong patient at the now-shuttered Southwest Florida Regional Medical Center.

He was fined $10,000 and ordered to take five hours of training.

The Florida Department of Health does not necessarily consider an arrest and criminal accusation, without a conviction, grounds to suspend or revoke a license, said spokesman Brad Dalton. 

“That being said, anytime that we discover that a licensed practitioner has been arrested we begin a preliminary investigation and monitor the situation for a conviction,” Dalton said. “We also look into the actions that led to the arrest to see if there are any violations where the department has regulatory authority.”

Choudhury was brought to the Lee County Jail on Friday, where he remained as of Friday afternoon.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit and the State Attorney’s Office investigated the case.

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