MERCER – A former Hermitage doctor convicted of molesting two young boys failed to show up Friday for his sentencing hearing.
Hisham Mustafa Shawish, 49, formerly of Hermitage and Erie, is being sought on a bench warrant issued by Mercer County Court of Common Pleas Senior Judge John C. Reed.
Shawish was found guilty by a jury June 18 of indecent assault of a child and corruption of minors. At the time of the verdict, Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Lauderbaugh requested that the judge revoke Shawish’s bond, but Reed denied the request.
“The reason was that we thought he was a flight risk,” said Mercer County District Attorney Peter C. Acker. “He’s from Jordan. And they did not take his passport.”
Acker said the court has issued a bench warrant and will turn Shawish’s criminal record over to Interpol.
“He was molesting little boys,” Acker said.
Shawish assaulted the boys between November 2014 and September 2015 in his home, which was in Hermitage at the time, according to a police criminal complaint.
Hermitage police charged Shawish 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.
The charges stem from two reports investigated by the Hermitage Police Department.
The first incident 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 told police Shawish also touched him inappropriately. The second victim told police the incident happened between May and September 2015. He said he did not tell anyone until he started experiencing flashbacks of the incident, according to the criminal complaint.
Shawish, who most recently practiced in Erie, received his medical license on April 27, 2010. The Board of Medicine suspended his license on April 25, according to state records. He had been affiliated with Primary Health Network since June 2013.
According to a statement released by PHN in May 2018, Shawish was suspended upon discovery of the charges filed against him.
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