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April 18, 2024

Hollister doctor accused of sexual assault in Chico

A Hollister doctor has been arrested in Chico on suspicion of sexual assault.

According to the Chico Police Department, Dr. Annamaliai Ashokan was arrested Jan. 31 at his Chico office on Jan Court. Annamaliai, age 65 and an anesthesiologist, has his main office in Hollister.  

Annamaliai is affiliated with Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital. He has his pain management office at 581 McCray St., Ste. E, according to the hospital website.

According to the press release from the Chico Police Department:        

On Jan. 31, Chico police detectives arrested Dr. Annamalai Ashokan at his Chico office on Jan Ct. Detectives initiated an investigation after it was alleged that Dr. Ashokan had sexually assaulted a female patient during a medical procedure. After a lengthy investigation, Detectives obtained evidence to establish enough probably cause to arrest Dr. Ashokan for the sexual assault. At this point, there is no information about any other potential victims. Dr. Ashokan only has office hours in Chico every other week. His main office is in the City of Hollister. Detectives have been in communication with investigators with the State of California’s Division of Investigation|Health Quality Investigation Unit who oversee medical licensing investigations.

Dr. Ashokan was arrested for a single count of felony sexual assault and booked at the jail.