Doctor charged with sexual assault
Tonight, a medical professional is on the wrong side of the law after he was charged with sexually assaulting one of his patients in the south. In March this year, a 23-year-old woman alleged that she was sexually assaulted at the Punta Gorda Clinic. The woman claimed that while she was receiving an ultrasound, Doctor Desmond Arzu, a radiologist who is currently stationed at the Western Regional Hospital, sexually assaulted her. The woman wrote to the Ministry of Health and Wellness informing them of the situation and later took her complaint to the police. Senior Superintendent, Hilberto Romero, explained that after receiving directives from the Director of Public Prosecutions the police levied charges against Arzu.
Hilberto Romero, Senior Superintendent of Police: “Reference a report that was made on the 27th day of March 2023. On Friday the 12th of May 2023 police arrested and charged Desmond Arzu, 39 year old Belizean Radiologist of a Belmopan Street address for the crime of sexual assault. Well a thorough investigation was carried out, the file was sent to the DPP and we received directives to proceed with this charge against this doctor.”
Reporter: What was the initial allegation made against Dr.Arzu ?
Hilberto Romero, Senior Superintendent of Police: “I will not go into the details of the allegation. It is a report that was made by a complainant. The matter was investigated and he was charged.”
Romero added that the Ministry of Health and Wellness worked with the police in their investigation.