ROCKFORD — A Belvidere doctor who pleaded guilty to charges of molesting elderly and disabled patients suffered a stroke in federal prison and likely won’t be sentenced until sometime next year, his attorney said Thursday.
Charles S. Dehaan, 64, pleaded guilty in August to three counts of aggravated battery. He admitted fondling the breasts of three women between October 2010 and December 2013.
Dehaan was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday at the Winnebago County Courthouse, but sentencing was rescheduled for Jan. 14 after he began experiencing symptoms in November.
“They did confirm that he suffered a stroke,” said Melinda Jacobson, one of Dehaan’s defense attorneys. “Unfortunately it was pretty serious.”
Jacobson said she hasn’t been able to obtain medical records from Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, the federal prison where Dehaan is serving a nine-year sentence for two counts of Medicare fraud. She didn’t know Dehaan's current condition, but said he had been hospitalized for several days before being sent back to MCC.
Dehaan was the owner of Housecall Physicians Group of Rockford, formerly known as House Calls of Greater Chicago. He has been accused of sexually abusing multiple female patients during home visits and inside assisted living centers where those women resided.
Since he was not convicted of the sex crimes with which he originally was charged in Winnebago County, he will not have to register as a sex offender.
Dehaan was sentenced on April 27, 2017, in U.S. District Court in Rockford for bilking Medicare out of more than $2 million dollars in a five-year fraud scheme.
Editor's note: This story was updated to clarify that Dehaan pleaded guilty to the charges.
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