Doctor charged with sexually assaulting patient pleads not guilty


By Daniel Montes | Bay City News Service

A Redwood City doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient during an acupuncture session in June pleaded not guilty Aug. 21 in San Mateo County Superior Court.

During an arraignment, Randall Neustaedter, 65, was ordered by a judge not to perform any acupuncture sessions or have any visits from female patients without a medical board-appointed chaperone present, prosecutors said.

He is out of custody on $200,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 22 for a preliminary hearing.

Earlier this year, a woman bought three acupuncture sessions with Neustaedter, who lists himself as a doctor of Oriental medicine, at his business on Woodside Road. The woman had found his business using the online discount service Groupon.

The first two sessions were uneventful, according to prosecutors. On June 25, the day of her third session, the woman said he began fondling her genitals as he was giving her a massage and then pressed his erect penis against her arm. The woman became terrified and left the session, prosecutors said.

When the woman told her friends about the incident, her friends convinced her to call the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies arrested Neustaedter and the arrest was published in a local newspaper. Another person read the article and contacted the Sheriff's Office, describing a similar incident with Neustaedter in December 2013, prosecutors said.

A recorded telephone call between Neustaedter and one of the patients provided further evidence against him, prosecutors said.

The Attorney General's Office has filed a motion recommending the court suspend Neustaedter's license to practice, according to prosecutors.

A defense attorney representing Neustaedter was not immediately available for comment.

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