Tulsa Pediatrician Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Patient

Friday, October 8th 2010, 10:26 pm
By: News On 6

By Ashli Sims, The News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Tulsa pediatrician is charged with sexually assaulting a patient.

Dr. Richard Irwin is facing several felony charges including rape and indecent exposure.  Dr. Irwin, a long-time Tulsa pediatrician, is accused of assaulting one of his patients, a 33-year-old autistic man.

Detectives say the assault happened during a doctor's appointment back in July. They say the victim, who lives in a group home, reported the incident to his case worker.

Dr. Irwin works for the Tulsa Developmental Pediatrics, a center for family psychology. According to the center's website, Irwin specializes in evaluating and treating patients with learning disabilities, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorders and other behavioral issues.

News On 6 reporter Ashli Sims did some checking and Irwin has been a licensed medical doctor in Oklahoma since 1980. He doesn't have a disciplinary history with the state medical board.

A phone call to his attorney's office was not returned.