A Wilmington, North Carolina, oral surgeon has lost his license after four patients accused him of sexual assault, which they say took place during treatment while they were “physically helpless,” according to an emergency action by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners.
Michael Lee Hasson, 55, owner of Wilmington Oral Surgery, was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree forcible sexual offense and three counts of sexual battery for allegedly sexually abusing at least four patients while they were under anesthesia. The four incidents occurred between Oct. 6, 2017, and July 10, 2018. All the victims are female and ranged in age from 17 to 22.
Hasson was ordered to immediately stop practicing and to surrender his license and his general anesthesia permit. He was held in New Hanover County Jail and was released on a $1.25 million bond.
According to the order, the action was taken “based on documents and information obtained during the Board’s investigation demonstrating there exists probable cause to believe the (Hasson) has engaged in criminal activity causing harm to patients during treatment.”
Hasson will not be able to practice until further notice. He can, however, request a formal hearing before the dental board.
Hasson’s license was temporarily suspended in 2011 for “performing 10 implant cases without completing a board-approved continuing education course on implants.”