Bethlehem doctor turns himself in on child sexual abuse charges

An emergency room doctor who lives in Bethlehem turned himself in Wednesday on charges he sexually abused two children over a three-year span.

Vamsimadhav Korrapati, 41, of the 300 block of Valley Park South, was charged Friday with two felony counts each of indecent assault of a person under age 13, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.

Korrapati, accompanied by attorney Philip Lauer, appeared on the charges before District Judge James Narlesky in Hanover Township, Northampton County. Authorities say that’s where the crimes took place from November 2011 to May 2014.

Police say Korrapati knew the two children, who provided statements of the alleged abuse to agents with Northampton County Children and Youth. Korrapati allegedly groped the children and forced them to touch his genitals.

During the hearing, Korrapati said he has practiced medicine at several Lehigh Valley hospitals. According to Korrapati’s online profile, he has completed his internal medicine residency at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill and also worked at Easton Hospital. Korrapati worked at St. Luke’s from 2005 through 2008 and Easton Hospital from 2009 through 2011, according to the online profile.

Korrapati told Narlesky he hasn’t been practicing medicine for more than a year because of the pending charges, but has been working as a partner in a medical business he helped establish.

During a discussion about bail, Lauer explained that Korrapati, a native of India, has plenty of family in the United States, where he’s listed as a permanent resident after arriving in 2005, and is unlikely to leave.

“I don’t believe him to be a flight risk at all,” Lauer said.

Colonial Regional police did not oppose unsecured bail as long as Korrapati was ordered to keep away from witnesses and the children in the case.

Narlesky set bail at $200,000, ordered Korrapati to refrain from contact with those involved in the case and ordered him to give up his passport.

Lauer and Korrapati declined to comment on the charges.

Source: http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-c-doctor-arrest-sex-charges-20151007-story.html