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Abortion doctor accused of raping woman inside home

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Ashutosh Ron Virmani (Photo: Mecklenburg County Jail) Ashutosh Ron Virmani (Photo: Mecklenburg County Jail)

A Charlotte abortion doctor, who made headlines for a racist rant caught on video in 2012, has been arrested and charged with raping a woman.

According to police, Ashutosh Ron Virmani was arrested early Thursday morning after he's accused of raping a 49-year-old woman.

Virmani was booked around 3:09 a.m. Thursday morning for second degree rape and two counts of second degree sexual offense.

According to a police report, a woman told police that she was raped inside a home along the 4600 block of Charlestowne Manor Drive on Wednesday afternoon.

She met with police at Carolinas Medical Center-Main that Virmani sexually assaulted her and prevented her from leaving the house.

Virmani was released on a $150,000 bond around 8:10 a.m. Thursday morning.  He was expected in a Mecklenburg County courtroom on Friday afternoon, but waived his first appearance.

He is due back in court on May30.

WBTV has learned this isn't the first time he's been in trouble he has had violations in the past.
Dr. Virmani has had legal troubles not for felony charges but for issues related to his medical license.

The man police say raped and kidnapped a 49 year old woman, Dr. Virmani, lost his medical license in 1992.

Court documents show Virmani admitted to have an improper personal liaison with a patient.
But once his license was reinstated in 1993, the North Carolina Medical Board still took actions against Dr. Virmani for other concerns.

In 1996, Virmani loss his right to practice at Presbyterian Hospital. The hospital said there were 24 problematic charts. In 1997, Virmani was reprimanded by the board for claiming in hearings the hospital never gave him a review.

In 2005, Virmani was reprimanded by the board again. Court documents show he admitted to writing prescriptions for medicine without a patient's name and staff would fill in the name later. At least one staff member gave those prescriptions to non-patients.

Dr. Virmani's clinic according to the medical license, Preferred Women's Health Clinic. They would not say if he stills work there and had no comment about the arrest.

Virmani also made headlines in 2012 after he was confronted at his home by a conservative Christian organization.

At the time Virmani was a licensed gynecologist with A Preferred Women's Health Clinic in Charlotte. The clinic would not confirm on Thursday if Virmani was still practicing at the clinic "due to the nature of their business."

A video posted in 2012 shows Virmani standing in the doorway of his home. He can be overheard in the video saying "Don't put pregnancy and adoption on the taxpayers."

The members of the group from Operation Save America are heard telling Virmani that they do want to pay for the babies.

"Go ahead and pay for them. Let me see you adopt one of those ugly black babies," he yelled back at them.

That phrase has sparked anger across the country.

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