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Charges against Silverdale pediatrician dismissed
Silverdale pediatrician Saad K. Al-Agba has been cleared of charges made earlier this year by the mother of a 7-year-old patient.
The patient's mother, who was never identified, filed a complaint against Al-Agba last February with the Washington Department of Health citing unprofessional conduct and sexual misconduct.
The woman, in her 40s, said Al-Agba kissed her while she was at his office with her daughter. She also said Al-Agba had made an unexpected visit to her residence during which he touched her inappropriately.
She said the events happened in February and March 2012.
Testimony in the matter was heard in October and a ruling was made public this week by Mark Triplett, presiding officer and health law judge for the state.
In the decision, Triplett wrote that "the testimony of the respondent (Al-Agba) (is) credible and supported by the totality of the evidence presented in this matter."He also wrote "based on the totality of the evidence, the presiding officer finds the complaint's testimony to be less credible."
All charges were dismissed in an order from the department of health dated Nov. 8. The matter can be appealed by the complainant under a petition for review which must be filed within 21 days.
Dr. Al-Agba said Wednesday that he was pleased with the ruling and that, as he said all along, he was "innocent of the charges."
"I knew that this never happened," Al-Agba said. "And through listening to the testimony, that was proven."
l-Agba said he became aware recently that the woman who filed the complaint against him has done similar things previously with other medical professionals.
"It's clear that this is a pattern with her," he said.
The ruling stated that the department of health, which filed the complaint on behalf go the woman, failed to prove either charge with "clear and convincing evidence."
Throughout the matter, Al-Agba has continued to practice in Silverdale where he has had a pediatrics practice with his daughter.
He said Wednesday that he plans to continue to practice medicine.
"I also plan to work to change the (health department complaint) system so that something like this doesn't happen to anyone again," he said.