Berwyn doctor sentenced to 13 years for sexual assault

BERWYN — A Berwyn family practice physician has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for sexually assaulting a female patient during an examination in 2005, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office.

Ricardo Arze, 59, was convicted by a jury in May 2012 of criminal sexual assault for attacking a 48-year-old woman in his Berwyn office in 2005.

Cook County Judge Noreen Love sentenced Arze to the 13-year prison term during a hearing Monday at the Maywood courthouse.

Prosecutors said that on March 24, 2005, the victim, who was a patient of Arze, came to his medical office at 6925 West Cermak Road for a follow-up visit and to get a return-to-work note after an illness. Arze told the victim he was going to examine her, but he instead sexually assaulted her.

The victim reported the incident after Arze was arrested and charged with three similar cases in 2007. Those cases are currently pending.