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Former patient sues fugitive doctor in Spring Hill sex case

BROOKSVILLE — Dr. A. Hussam Armashi is gone, but not forgotten.

The disgraced pain management specialist fled the country in 2005 after his arrest in February on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting a female patient at his Spring Hill practice.

Those accusations mirrored four other claims made in the five previous years.

But after his arrest, Armashi disappeared. The 61-year-old remains on the Hernando County sheriff's "most wanted" list.

His three-year absence didn't stop a former patient from slapping him with a civil lawsuit Wednesday.

The suit seeks more than $15,000 in damages and claims the doctor assaulted and battered a woman by sexually touching her after injecting her with medication. The allegations and victim's initials match the information from the outstanding 2005 criminal case.

His actions, the court document states, were "extreme and outrageous in that it transcends all bounds of decency and is regarded as appalling and intolerable."

The woman's attorney, Gregory Jones of Tampa, did not return calls seeking comment. Jones filed a similar negligence lawsuit against the doctor, his business, the Academy of Islamic and Arabic Education and the Islamic Sunnah Center in December 2006. It is pending.

It's unclear what the new lawsuit hopes to accomplish.

Armashi's attorney, Jimmy Brown of Brooksville, is the last person to hear from the doctor, who is no longer allowed to practice medicine here.

Brown told a Hernando County judge in August 2005 that Armashi went to Syria to care for his ill mother. But after missing two court appearances, the judge issued a half-million-dollar bond.

Armashi is in his native Damascus, Syria, which has no extradition treaties with the United States.

Brown admitted in 2005 that the chances of his client returning "are like a snowball's chance in hell."

Now more than three years later, Brown would like to find Armashi, too. He owes him money.

John Frank can be reached at jfrank@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6114.

Former patient sues fugitive doctor in Spring Hill sex case 12/19/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 22, 2008 11:45am]
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