A New York City gastroenterologist, Dr. Zhi Alan Cheng, has been charged with new counts of drugging and sexually assaulting women, as well as filming the assaults. Cheng pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include predatory sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, assault, unlawful surveillance, drug possession, and weapon possession. The Queens District Attorney’s office urged potential victims to come forward. Cheng had previously been arrested and fired from New York-Presbyterian Queens. Prosecutors recovered videos showing alleged assaults on unconscious women. Cheng’s medical license has been suspended, and he faces multiple life sentences if convicted. Aaron Katersky reported
A gastroenterologist in New York City, who was previously accused of raping a woman in his apartment, is now facing additional charges. The new counts against Dr. Zhi Alan Cheng include allegations of drugging the women he allegedly assaulted and recording the attacks. The Queens District Attorney’s office announced that Cheng pleaded not guilty to the charges outlined in a 50-count indictment. According to prosecutors, the indictment states that Cheng sexually abused three patients at the hospital and raped three other women in his Queens home. The prosecutor’s office revealed that Cheng is accused of filming the alleged sexual abuse of the hospital patients, all of whom appeared to be unconscious in the recovered videos. Cheng was fired from New York-Presbyterian Queens after his initial arrest in December of last year. Additional videos seized from Cheng reportedly depict the sexual assault of more than six other women, including one at the hospital where he previously worked. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz urged potential victims to come forward and contact her office’s Special Victims Bureau. Cheng, 33, was indicted by a grand jury and arraigned on various charges, including predatory sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse, assault, unlawful surveillance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a weapon. He had previously pleaded not guilty to charges from a previous indictment. Cheng’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cheng’s medical license has been suspended, and he has been held without bail since his arrest. If convicted, he could face multiple 25 years to life sentences. The evidence collected against Cheng allegedly shows him assaulting multiple women, some of whom were unconscious, using drugs including fentanyl, ketamine, cocaine, LSD, propofol, and sevoflurane. The victims mentioned in the indictment include patients from the hospital as well as women who knew Cheng personally. Videos of other women being sexually assaulted were also discovered, with some incidents taking place in Cheng’s apartment, as well as in various locations in the US and Thailand..