Katy physician sentenced to 30 days for repeated sexual assault of child | #predators | #childpredators | #kids



A Katy podiatrist is currently serving a 30-day jail sentence for the continual sexual assault of a child, often under the guise of giving the child an athletic massage.

On March 30, Dr. Hanna Elias Francis, 62, from Katy, pleaded guilty of the charge of repeated sexual assault of a child and waived his right to trail. The victim was under the age of 17 at the time of the attacks, according to court documents.

A judge granted Francis 30 days in jail and 10 years deferred adjudication in exchange for the plea, court documents show. His sentence began April 16.

His charge, a second-degree felony, can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

According to Francis’ arrest warrant, Francis, a licensed podiatrist who specializes in wound care and surgical procedures, sexually assaulted a minor child “nearly every single night” over the period of several months in 2019, his victim said. The assaults often occurred during what was supposed to be an athletic massage.

In March of 2020, the child reported the assaults to her mother, who in turn alerted authorities. The mother agreed to call Francis on a recorded line while investigators listened in, the warrant states.

The warrant further states that during the call, Francis admitted in graphic detail to the assaults, adding that he “knew what he did was wrong and inappropriate, and he never intended to be sexual with (the victim) nor did he intend for (the victim) to be sexual with him.”

Francis currently practices medicine at Westside Podiatry in Cypress, according to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. He also holds practicing affiliations with multiple area hospitals, including Houston Methodist Hospital in Tomball.



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