MERCER – A former Hermitage doctor convicted of molesting two young boys has fled to his home country of Jordan, said Mercer County District Attorney Peter C. Acker.
Hisham Mustafa Shawish, 49, formerly of Hermitage and Erie, is being sought on a bench warrant issued by a Mercer County Common Pleas Court judge after he failed to show up Friday for his sentencing hearing.
Acker said the U.S. Marshals Service reported that Shawish, who holds dual U.S.-Jordanian citizenship, bought a round-trip ticket to Jordan with a Sept. 28 departure and a scheduled Oct. 3 return flight.
“He has not returned,” Acker said.
Shawish was found guilty June 18 of indecent assault of a child and corruption of minors. After the jury announced its verdict, prosecutors asked the judge to revoke Shawish’s bond, but Senior Judge John C. Reed denied the request. The court also did not compel Shawish to surrender his passport.
Hermitage police said Shawish assaulted the boys between November 2014 and September 2015 in his home. At the time, he lived in Hermitage.
Shawish was charged in February 2018 with indecent assault of a person younger than 13 and corruption of minors. He has been free on bond since Feb. 18, 2018, after spending 10 days in Mercer County Jail.
Two incidents were reported in connection with the case. The first was reported to police on Nov. 4, 2014, when a 7-year-old boy said Shawish inappropriately touched him when they were in Shawish’s apartment.
On June 21, 2017, a second victim came forward. He told police he did not say anything about the incident that happened between May and September 2015 until he started experiencing flashbacks, police said.
Shawish, who most recently practiced in Erie, received his medical license on April 27, 2010. The Pennsylvania Board of Medicine suspended his license on April 25, according to state records. He had been affiliated with Primary Health Network since June 2013.
Primary Health Network suspended Shawish when the charges were filed.