posttrib
SHARP 
Weather Updates

Valpo doctor accused previously of groping woman in Merrillville

Dr. Jose Agusti. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media

Dr. Jose Agusti. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media

storyidforme: 46379713
tmspicid: 17144088
fileheaderid: 7716213

Updated: March 29, 2013 4:01PM



One year before Dr. Jose Agusti allegedly groped a patient and exposed himself to her at his Valparaiso office, another woman accused him of forcing her to perform a sex act on him.

In that instance, however, the Schererville woman dropped the case because she felt the way police were investigating it — by questioning her coworkers and boss, and delving into her personal sex life — was jeopardizing her career and reputation.

“It seemed they were investigating her personality,” said attorney Marissa McDermott, who represented the woman when she lost her job soon after, a situation that has been resolved.

After reading in the newspaper about the new allegations that led to Agusti’s arrest last week on felony charges of criminal deviate conduct and sexual battery stemming from his alleged behavior with a patient at his Valparaiso office in September 2012, the Schererville woman has asked Merrillville police to reopen the investigation into her complaint.

According to the report she filed with police, the then-46-year-old woman contacted Agusti, an internal medicine specialist, to discuss his work. They met at her office in Merrillville the evening of Sept. 20, 2011.

In the disturbingly graphic details that followed in the police report, it appeared Agusti seemed to believe the woman had called him for sex. He interrupted her talking by pulling her out her chair by the arms, forcibly kissing her and slipping his hand into her clothing, the woman told police. She tried to get control of his hands, but each time she pulled one off her, the other would fondle another part of her body as he tried to convince her to take off her clothes so they could have sex on her desk.

Agusti reportedly got angry at her lack of responsiveness as he pulled out his genitals, grabbing her by the hair and repeatedly slamming her face into him. Believing she would not get out of the situation until he was “finished” and fearing he would hurt her further, she performed oral sex.

As Agusti left afterward, the woman said, he told her he had a girlfriend so, “This didn’t happen.”

McDermott said Agusti had told police, through his lawyer, that the encounter was consensual. The investigating officer, meanwhile, reportedly told her client that he did not believe she had been forced.

Merrillville police are reopening the case and contacting Valparaiso police.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.