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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Former Pain Management Doctor Charged In Manhattan Federal Court With Sexually Abusing Patients Across Multiple States Over The Course Of Over 15 Years

Ricardo Cruciani Sexually Abused Numerous Female Patients as a Pain Management Doctor Employed at Various Times By Prominent Medical Institutions in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RICARDO CRUCIANI was arrested this morning and charged in connection with his sexual abuse of numerous pain management patients over the course of over 15 years.  The Indictment unsealed today alleges that from at least in or about 2002 up to and including at least in or about 2017, CRUCIANI enticed and induced multiple victims to travel to his medical offices in New York, New York, Hopewell, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to subject them to unlawful sexual abuse.  CRUCIANI was arrested this morning and is expected to be presented later today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger in Manhattan federal court.  The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge John P. Cronan in the Southern District of New York.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said:  “Doctors like the defendant take an oath to do no harm.  It is difficult to imagine conduct more anathema to that oath than exploiting patients’ vulnerability in order to sexually abuse them.  As alleged, Ricardo Cruciani’s sexual abuse involved developing personal relationships with victims to engender trust, and prescribing addictive pain medication that caused his patients to become dependent on him as he engaged in a course of increasingly abusive conduct.  The alleged pattern of abuse in this case is outrageous, and Cruciani now faces federal charges for it.”

If you believe you are a victim of the sexual abuse perpetrated by RICARDO CRUCIANI, please contact the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York at (646) 372-0364, and reference this case.

According to the Indictment[1] unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:

CRUCIANI was a pain management doctor who treated patients from multiple states who suffered from, among other things, severe and chronic pain.  Between at least in or about 2001 and in or about 2014, CRUCIANI was employed by and affiliated with a prominent medical hospital and medical center located in New York, New York, and maintained medical offices in New York, New York.  Between at least in or about 2013 and in or about 2016, CRUCIANI was a practicing pain management doctor employed by and affiliated with a prominent medical hospital and medical center located in Hopewell, New Jersey, and maintained medical offices in Hopewell, New Jersey.  Between at least in or about 2016 and in or about 2017, CRUCIANI was a practicing pain management doctor employed by and affiliated with a prominent medical hospital and university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and maintained medical offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Over the course of at least approximately 15 years, between at least in or about 2002 and in or about 2017, CRUCIANI sexually abused numerous adult female patients who suffered from severe and chronic pain and were under his medical care as a pain management doctor.  CRUCIANI exploited and leveraged his position of trust as a healthcare provider at prominent medical institutions, the significant pain suffered by the victims, and his ability to prescribe or withhold pain medication, including highly addictive opioids, so that he could sexually abuse his patients.  In order for them to obtain prescription refills, CRUCIANI required victims to travel to his medical offices and other locations for in-person appointments.  CRUCIANI enticed and induced victims to travel interstate at least in part for the purpose of subjecting them to unlawful sexual abuse. 

CRUCIANI’s sexual abuse of victims involved developing personal relationships with victims to engender trust, and prescribing addictive pain medication that caused the victims to become dependent on CRUCIANI as he engaged in a course of increasingly abusive conduct.    The abusive sexual conduct included, among other things, forcible kissing, touching victims’ breasts and genitals, oral sex acts, vaginal sexual intercourse, and attempted anal sexual intercourse. 

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CRUCIANI, 63, of Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, is charged with five counts of enticing and inducing individuals to travel interstate to engage in illegal sexual activity, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by a judge.

Mr. Williams praised the outstanding investigative work of the Special Agents of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

This case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jane Kim and Jacqueline Kelly are in charge of the prosecution.

The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Indictment, and the description of the Indictment set forth herein, constitute only allegations, and every fact described therein should be treated as an allegation.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
Nicholas Biase, Jim Margolin (212) 637-2600
Press Release Number: 
21-289
Updated October 20, 2021