Montgomery Co. surgical assistant charged with sexual assault

A surgical assistant has been arrested and charged with sexual assault in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Forty-seven-year-old Mir Asadullah Naqvi, of Ellicott City, was arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged incident after an operation at the Olney Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery on April 5, Montgomery County police said Thursday.

According to court documents, it was back on March 25th of last year that a woman claims she was groped and sexually assaulted after having her wisdom teeth removed.

The procedure according the woman, involved an oral surgeon, and two assistants, a woman and Naqvi. She recalled to police that as she awoke from the anesthesia, she heard a man tell the female assistant to take her break, and once that woman left the room the victim claims the assault began.

The woman told investigators as the man groped and assaulted her, he also whispered sexually explicit things into her ear. The woman believed the man didn’t realize she was waking up.

The victim said the man stopped when he heard others walking back to the room.

Once in the recovery area of the facility, investigators say the woman took down notes of the encounter, and after leaving, went to a hospital where sexual assault forensic exam took place.

The woman according to court records believed the man who sexually assaulted her was Naqvi, but since he was similar in stature to the oral surgeon, both were questioned and had DNA samples taken.

During his interview with police in June of 2021, Naqvi denied having any sexual contact with the woman, but DNA results which came back in May of this year, matched his DNA and he was arrested.

When asked about the long period between the DNA test being submitted and results coming in, Montgomery County Police said it is not uncommon for the tests to take this long to be completed.

Naqvi has been charged with second-degree sexual assault and third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses, and during his first court appearance a judge ordered he be held without bond.

Detectives with the Montgomery County police ask any other potential victims to contact investigators by calling 240-773-5400.

Mir Asadullah Naqvi, 47, of Ellicott City, was arrested Wednesday. (Courtesy MCPD)

WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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