Bucks psychiatrist charged with inappropriate conduct

Posted: January 25, 2014

A pediatric psychiatrist in Doylestown was arrested Thursday and charged with inappropriately touching three female patients during treatments, according to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office.

Basem Shlewiet, 42, who has a private practice on North Franklin Street, allegedly fondled the breasts of two patients - ages 22 and 14 - while purporting to use a stethoscope, according to a criminal complaint. He touched a 17-year-old around the groin, the complaint said.

All three incidents occurred in 2013, according to the complaint.

Shlewiet was charged with multiple counts of indecent assault, corruption of a minor, and unlawful contact with a minor.

He did not post $250,000 bail and was sent to the Bucks County prison. He was not represented by an attorney in court, said Assistant District Attorney Lindsay E. Vaughan.

Shlewiet, according to a biography on his website, specializes in treating conditions including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and trauma from physical and sexual abuse.

It says that from 1998 to 2003, he practiced at Einstein Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, before opening a private practice.

The location of that practice was not disclosed, however, bankruptcy records from federal court in Ohio show that he claimed about $550,000 in debt in May 2005.

His debts included thousands to banks and credit card companies, and more than $100,000 each to a doctor and a medical center in Northeast Ohio for breaching contracts. Other details were unavailable.

In August 2005, he began working at Foundations Behavioral Health, a Doylestown psychiatric facility, the first of several organizations he would work for over the next few years.

He also reopened a private practice in 2007, his biography said.




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