Naperville doctor accused of sexually abusing patients pleads guilty to felony battery charges

Aurora Beacon-News

A Naperville doctor accused of sexually abusing several patients at his Yorkville practice has pleaded guilty to three counts of felony aggravated battery.

The female patients accused Haohua Yang of inappropriately touching them, while his lawyers argued he was performing legitimate medical examinations. Yang's medical license was suspended in December 2014, when the assault allegations became public, the Beacon-News reported.

The three counts charged Yang with knowingly touching the bodies of three different female patients in an offensive manner.

With his plea, Yang waived his right to the jury trial that has been repeatedly rescheduled amid changes in lawyers for both sides, including the appointment this summer of a special prosecutor.

Several days after Yang pleaded guilty, Kendall County Judge Timothy McCann signed an order for the return of his passport, which had been held as evidence, court records show. Yang, who lived on Deerchase Lane in Naperville, had been held without bail in the Kendall County jail until the plea agreement since he tried to enter China illegally while free on bond in April 2015.

Special prosecutor Lorinda Lamkin signed off on the three new aggravated battery charges against Yang on the same day he pleaded guilty to them. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the remaining 27 sex abuse and assault counts against Yang.

In the deal, Yang agreed to a sentence of 180 days in Kendall County jail, plus one year of probation. However, the judge gave Yang day-for-day credit for 942 days already served in the jail between April 18, 2015, and Nov. 13, 2017, meaning he didn't have to go back and left the courtroom a free man, with conditions.

He had to submit to DNA indexing, and agree to pay $257 in court costs plus a $12 monthly probation or supervision fee.

A subsequent order gives Yang the ability to freely travel outside the U.S. as long as he provides his probation office with the date of departure, method of travel and date of arrival, and otherwise complies with probation requests.

In April 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said they arrested Yang at O'Hare International Airport, where he was returning to the U.S. following a failed attempt to enter China illegally.

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