CRIME

William Dando, Md. doctor, surrenders license after latest charges of sexually abusing patients

In this June 10, 2014, file photo, Dr. William Dando walks outside the Allegany County Courthouse in Cumberland, Md. (AP Photo/David Dishneau, File)
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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A western Maryland physician at the center of a medical licensing scandal is surrendering his license to practice medicine to resolve charges that he molested a female patient.

Attorneys for Dr. William Dando and the Allegany County State's Attorney's office announced the deal at a court hearing Tuesday in Cumberland.

Dando declined to comment. His trial had been scheduled for Wednesday.

The 60-year-old doctor had pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree sex offense for allegedly molesting a woman at a clinic in LaVale. A West Virginia woman also filed a civil lawsuit alleging she, too, was sexually assaulted by Dando.

The state public health agency's inspector general is investigating how Dando obtained a Maryland medical license in 1996 despite his 1987 conviction for raping a woman at gunpoint near Orlando, Florida.

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