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Friday, December 15, 2017

Former Dentist Sentenced to 16 and 1/2 Years in Prison for Sexually Assaulting Former Patients and Employee

Patients Were Under Nitrous Oxide at Time of Assaults

            WASHINGTON – Bilal Ahmed, 45, a former dentist who practiced in Northwest Washington, was sentenced today to 16 ½ years in prison for sexually assaulting five former dental patients and one former employee and improperly touching another former employee. The victims, all males, were attacked in separate incidents between 2010 and 2014.


            The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).


            Ahmed, of Rockville, Md., pled guilty in May 2017, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to five felony charges, including one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a patient with aggravating circumstances and four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a patient with aggravating circumstances. He also pled guilty to three misdemeanor charges, including two counts of sexual abuse with aggravating circumstances, and one count of simple assault.


            Ahmed was sentenced by the Honorable Zoe Bush. Following his prison term, he will be placed on three years of supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.


             "Bilal Ahmed used his dental practice and his position of authority to sexually abuse vulnerable victims, some of whom were his own patients and staff,” said U.S. Attorney Liu. “His victims included people who came to him for treatment and employment, caught off guard by his outrageous conduct. Today’s sentence holds him accountable for this criminal breach of trust.”


             According to the government’s evidence, Ahmed was practicing as a dentist at Universal Smiles DC, in the 2300 block of M Street NW. The practice was originally called Bilal Ahmed DDS PC dba Universal Smiles DC. Ahmed is the owner of these dental practices, which are now closed.


            The offenses against the dental patient victims took place at Universal Smiles and followed a typical pattern in which Ahmed would take patients into the procedure room, close the door, administer nitrous oxide through a facemask, and then sexually assault the victims while they were sedated. The attacks on patients took place on April 27, 2010, Aug. 30, 2012, April 24, 2013, April 25, 2013, and May 21, 2014. The incidents involving employees took place in July 2013 and January 2014.


            Ahmed’s D.C. dental license was suspended on Nov. 3, 2014, and his Maryland dental license was suspended on April 6, 2016. Ahmed was arrested on Jan. 7, 2016.


            In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Liu and Chief Newsham commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Sexual Assault Unit of the MPD and the FBI’s Washington Field Office. They also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the U.S. Marshals Service. They acknowledged the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas Miranda and Patricia A. Riley; Victim/Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan; Supervisory Victim/Witness Services Coordinator David Foster; Victim/Witness Specialist LaJune Thames; Librarian Lisa Kosow; Paralegal Specialists Jason Manuel and Michelle Wicker; Criminal Investigator Nicole Hinson, and Financial Analyst Bryan Snitselaar. Finally, they commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sharon Marcus-Kurn and Stuart D. Allen, who investigated and prosecuted the case.


Violent Crime
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Updated December 15, 2017