Acupuncturist Charged with Fourth-Degree Sexual Offense for Inappropriately Touching Patient

Officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police have charged Sang Kim, age 50, the owner of Acupuncture Cure in Poolesville, with committing a fourth-degree sexual offense for inappropriately touching an adult female patient during an acupuncture appointment.

In late August 2019, the victim arrived for an appointment with Kim at Acupuncture Cure located at 20010 Fisher Avenue.  During the appointment, the victim was instructed to remove her clothing (except for her underwear) and to put on a medical gown that opened in the front.  While on an exam table, Kim touched the victim inappropriately and without her consent.

In early February, the victim reported the incident to police.  Officers interviewed Kim on February 15 and on February 16, Kim was charged with a fourth-degree sexual offense via a District Court summons.

Detectives are requesting that anyone who believes she/he has been a victim of Kim to call Officer Rorke at 240-773-5700.

A mugshot of Kim is not available.

Detectives Investigate Attempted Sexual Assault in North Bethesda

Detectives from the Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) are investigating a sexual assault that occurred in the North Bethesda area yesterday.

On Thursday, February 13, at approximately 3:05 p.m, an unknown male attempted to sexually assault an adult female victim on California Circle in Rockville. The victim resisted and the subject fled.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late teens to early 30s, 6-feet tall, and with a muscular build. The suspect may have bite marks on his hands from the victim. The suspect was wearing blue or gray pants and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Detectives are asking anyone who has information about the suspect or who may have information about this attempted sexual assault to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-0432. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to their line that leads to an arrest and/or indictment for this crime.

Detectives Investigate Sexual Assault in Gaithersburg

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division are investigating a sexual assault that occurred yesterday in Gaithersburg.

On January 20, 2020, between 6:00 am and 7:00 am, an adult female victim was walking on the footpath in the area of Mountain Laurel Lane and Flower Hill Way when she was approached from behind and touched inappropriately by a suspect.

The victim described the suspect as a Black male, unknown age, standing around 5’07”, weighing approximately 175 pounds, with a medium build.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.  Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, have information on the suspect, or observed anything suspicious in the area are asked to contact detectives at the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5050.  If anyone observes suspicious behavior in the area, detectives ask that you report it to police by calling 9-1-1 in an emergency, or 301-279-8000 in a non-emergency.

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Peeping Tom Arrested in Silver Spring

pic of Mario Verhage

Mario Verhage

The Montgomery County Department of Police – 2nd District is announcing the arrest of a Peeping Tom suspect in Silver Spring.

Mario Verhage, age 43, of the 8500 blocks of 16th Street in Silver Spring, was taken into custody on the strength of an arrest warrant on January 15, 2020, charging him with several counts of CR-3-901(c) Peeping Tom in violation of Maryland law.

The investigation leading to the arrest warrant being issued revealed that on several dates in November 2019, Verhage targeted a female resident living in the 8500 blocks of 16th Street by looking into her window while she was in various stages of undress.  Verhage would also set up his cell phone on the window to record the victim while she was within the residence.

Officers from the 2nd District, working with the community, were able to identify Verhage as the perpetrator and successfully apply for an arrest warrant that was subsequently served on January 15, 2020.  Verhage posted bond and was released the same day.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident or prior incidents involving Verhage is encouraged to contact the 2nd District Station at 240-773-6700.

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Medical Center Employee Arrested for Sexual Offenses Involving Two Female Patients; Possibility of Additional Victims a Concern

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Special Victims Investigations Division (SVID) have charged Macdoff Oghenejabo Okah, age 44, of Venetia Mill Circle in Silver Spring, with the second-degree rape of one victim and committing a third-degree sexual offense against a second victim.  Okah committed these sexual assaults while employed as a Psychiatric Technician at Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health located at 14901 Broschart Road in Rockville.  The assaults occurred at the facility and both victims were patients.  Investigators are concerned that there may be additional sexual assault victims.

On June 6, 2019, a victim came forward to the Police Department and reported that the day prior, June 5, 2019, an employee had inappropriate and unwanted sexual contact with her while she was a patient at the Adventist HealthCare facility located on Broschart Road.

On June 20, 2019, a second victim reported to the Police Department that on or about February 6, 2018, she was sexually assaulted by a male medical center employee while she was a patient at the Adventist HealthCare facility.

Through investigation, Okah was developed as the suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested yesterday and is being held without bond.

Adventist HealthCare and the Police Department communicated during this investigation. Okah’s employment with the Adventist HealthCare facility was terminated on June 7, 2019.

Investigators are asking that anyone who believes that he/she was victimized by Macdoff Oghenejabo Okah to please call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400.

 

12/6/19 (4:06 pm) – Press release corrected to reflect correct criminal offenses with correct victim.

Macdoff Oghenejabo Okah