NEW PORT RICHEY — The day after he was convicted of groping a woman in his office, Dr. Gunwant Dhaliwal was slated to go on trial for similar charges involving another woman. But the trial Wednesday was postponed after a juror reported seeing news coverage of Dhaliwal's conviction in the first case.
Dhaliwal, 51, had been convicted Tuesday of misdemeanor battery for grabbing a patient's breasts during a medical exam at his Gulf View Walk-in Clinic in May 2007. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail.
He still faces a second battery charge after another woman says she was set to begin working for Dhaliwal and went to his clinic so he could demonstrate a skin procedure. As he finished, she says, he reached under her shirt and fondled her breasts.
The trial for that case has been pushed back to Aug. 1. In the meantime, County Judge Anne Wansboro has granted Dhaliwal a supersedeas bond of $25,000, meaning he can bail out of jail pending an appeal. The doctor has maintained his innocence in both cases.
Dhaliwal, who is married with two children, is board certified in internal medicine and owns clinics in New Port Richey and Spring Hill. He says he treats between 4,000 and 6,000 patients per year.