More charges filed against oral surgeon accused of sexual assault

More charges filed against oral surgeon accused of sexual assault

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - An oral surgeon in Wilmington who was arrested Jan. 31 for sexually abusing four patients is now facing an additional 13 sex crime charges.

Michael Lee Hasson, of Wilmington Oral Surgery, is accused of sexually abusing several of his patients while under anesthesia between 2009 and 2018. The youngest victim is believed to be 14 years old.

Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force with the Wilmington Police Department arrested Hasson early Wednesday afternoon at a restaurant on Oleander Drive. He’s being held in lieu of a $1 million bond at the New Hanover County Jail.

GF Default - Wilmington oral surgeon facing sex crimes charges
GF Default - Wilmington oral surgeon facing sex crimes charges

Prosecutors said Hasson is expected to make a court appearance on the new charges at 2 p.m. Thursday.

In addition to the four charges filed on Jan. 31, Hasson is charged with seven counts of sexual battery, three counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of second degree sex offense and one count statutory sex offense.

During Hasson’s initial court appearance, a judge had lowered his bond from $1.25 million to $600,000 and said he could continue practicing surgical medicine if he made bail, but could not be alone with patients.

Days later, his license was suspended by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. The board’s order states that Hasson is to immediately cease practicing dentistry and will surrender his license, current renewal certificate and general anesthesia permit.

The WPD has had more than 100 phone calls since Hasson’s arrest on Jan. 31. Anyone who has contacted the police regarding Hasson but has not received a call back from a detective is asked to please call again at 910.343.3609.

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