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A former Virginia Mason Memorial hospital doctor has been accused of second-degree rape and indecent liberties involving his examinations of two female patients.

Alberto Roman-Cabezas has been charged in Yakima County Superior Court with two counts of second-degree rape and two counts of indecent liberties.

Roman-Cabezas, who is believed to have moved to North Carolina, couldn’t be reached for comment. A telephone number listed under his name wasn’t in service. He did not appear in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.

One of the patients said Roman-Cabezas entered the hospital room alone and touched her repeatedly in a sexual way without surgical gloves on two occasions, according to a probable cause affidavit by Yakima police.

Later a nurse told the patient that pelvic exams were not conducted that way and that doctors are to be accompanied by a chaperone when conducting such exams, the affidavit said.

The nurse also told the patient that her condition didn’t warrant a pelvic examination, the affidavit said.

The patient had a history of kidney stone problems and went to the hospital after experiencing abdominal pain, the affidavit said.

The patient reported the incident to the hospital, which determined the complaint unfounded following an internal investigation, the affidavit said.

The patient then reported the incident to police. Investigators found no mention of pelvic exams in the patient’s hospital records, the affidavit said.

The hospital fired Roman-Cabezas on Nov. 19, 2018, after a second patient reported a similar incident, the affidavit said.

Police are still investigating the second complaint, the affidavit said.

Ramon-Cabezas has since moved from the area and is believed to be living in Sanford, N.C., according to charging documents.

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