A former Mission doctor was arraigned Thursday in Hidalgo County District Court on four counts of sexually assaulting four female patients, each second degree felonies with potential prison sentences ranging from two to 20 years. Meanwhile the Kingsville Police Department, where the doctor formerly practiced medicine, has turned its investigation of the doctor over to the Texas Attorney General’s Office. And the state’s medical board has suspended the doctor’s license to practice medicine.
In Mission, in addition to the four counts of sexual assault, Dr. Humberto R. Bruschetta faces one B class misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure stemming from allegations from a fifth alleged victim. In that case the alleged victim claims the doctor locked the examining room door before exposing himself to her, according to a Mission police press release in May.
In the four other felony related incidents women allege the doctor sexually assauted them during a medical exam, according to the four indictments. Bruschetta, 57, was arraigned yesterday before Hidalgo County District Court Judge Israel Ramon Jr. on the felony charges. Ramon set Bruschetta’s bond at $42,500 and ordered the doctor to appear at a Nov. 16 pretrial hearing. Fruschetta remains out of custody pending the hearing.
Kingsville Police Chief Ricardo Torres said his department has turned over its investigation of Bruschetta to the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit. Citing the ongoing investigation, Torres declined to comment on the nature of the investigation. Kayleigh Lovvorn, a media relations specialist with the Attorney General’s Office in Austin, said the office could not comment on ongoing investigations or confirm an investigation was being conducted.
Citing his arrest in Mission on May 8 a disciplinary panel of the Texas Medical Board suspended Bruschetta’s Texas Medical License after determining “his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to the public welfare,” according to the TMB’s website.