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D.C. dentist pleads guilty to sexually assaulting male patients

Victims were abused while under anesthesia

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Bilal AhmedA former D.C. dentist pleaded guilty on May 15 to sexually assaulting five male patients and one male employee at his dental office at 3211 M St., N.W., between 2010 and 2014.

In a 13-page plea bargain agreement filed by prosecutors in D.C. Superior Court, Bilal Ahmed, 44, affirmed that he fondled the penises of the five male patients after administering nitrous oxide anesthesia to the patients through a facemask.

Ahmed, whose D.C. dental license was suspended in 2014, asked four of the five patients whom he admitted to sexually assaulting “intrusive and inappropriate questions” about their personal life, including their sexual orientation, shortly before administering the nitrous oxide anesthesia, the plea agreement states. It says the incidents took place while the patients were alone with Ahmed in a procedure room, according to the plea agreement.

Among the charges to which he pleaded guilty were second-degree sexual abuse of a patient with aggravating circumstances, first-degree sexual abuse of a patient with aggravating circumstances, and simple assault.

The simple assault charge involved an admission that he touched a second male employee several times in a sexually suggestive way on his lower back and hip after the employee repeatedly asked him not to do so.

“After being administered nitrous oxide, K.E. fell asleep,” the plea document says in describing Ahmed’s actions toward one of the patients identified only by his initials. “When he awoke, the defendant’s pants and underwear were down to the defendant’s feet,” the document says. “The defendant was masturbating in front of K.E. The defendant took K.E.’s hand and placed it on the defendant’s penis.”

The document adds, “The defendant then unzipped K.E.’s pants and placed his own hand on K.E.’s unclothed penis. The defendant continued to masturbate himself until he (the defendant) ejaculated,” the plea document says.

In exchange for the guilty plea prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office agreed to drop several additional charges against Ahmed handed down by a Superior Court grand jury in a multi-count indictment last October.

During the May 15 plea hearing, Superior Court Judge Zoe Bush scheduled a sentencing hearing for Ahmed on Aug. 10. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for the First Degree Sexual Abuse charge along with significant additional time for the other charges to which he pleaded guilty.

Under terms of the plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to allow Ahmed to be released into home detention at his residence in Falls Church, Va., until the time of his sentence with an exception that he is allowed to leave home for daily prayer at a mosque in Falls Church or at the Islamic Center on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest D.C.

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Carlton R. Smith: LGBTQ advocate, ‘mayor’ of Mount Vernon, passes away

‘The Duchess’ died on May 29 in his sleep

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Carlton R. Smith, an LGBTQ advocate, died May 29. He was 61. (Photo courtesy of Carlton R. Smith)

BY JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | Carlton R. Smith was affectionately called “The Duchess” in a nod to royalty, because of his unofficial role of mayor of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. He was a “walking billboard” for Calvin Klein, with a love for purple, Batman, cooking, house music, Prince, and Diana Ross.

“If you said Duchess, you knew who that was,” said his close friend of 25-years, Carrietta Hiers.

The rest of this article can be found on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Moore pardons more than 175,000-plus cannabis-related convictions

Governor signed executive order at State House on Monday

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (Public domain photo/Twitter)

BY BRENDA WINTRODE and PAMELA WOOD | Gov. Wes Moore pardoned more than 175,000 cannabis-related convictions Monday, nullifying guilty verdicts decided when carrying small amounts of the drug or paraphernalia was illegal.

The Democratic governor signed an executive order during a State House ceremony, granting clemency to thousands of people convicted in Maryland. The convictions to be pardoned include more than 150,000 misdemeanors for simple possession and more than 18,000 for possession of drug paraphernalia with an intent to use.

The rest of this article can be read on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Blade wins multiple journalism awards

Society of Professional Journalists recognizes writing, design work

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The D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored the work of the Washington Blade at its annual Dateline Awards dinner last week.

The Blade took top honors in the weekly newspaper editorial/opinion writing category for a piece by Michael Lavers, the Blade’s international news editor, titled, “Bearing witness to the unimaginable,” which recounted watching raw footage of Hamas’s attack against Israel on Oct. 7.

In it, Lavers wrote, “The Israeli government clearly wants the world to understand the barbarity of what happened on Oct. 7, and that is why it has shown footage of that horrific Saturday to journalists and lawmakers. The footage left me deeply shaken, and perhaps that was the point.”

Washington Blade graphic designer Meaghan Juba won the Dateline Award for front-page design in the weekly newspaper category.

And in the weekly newspaper-features category, the Blade’s Kathi Wolfe was recognized as a finalist for her piece titled, “Meet one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet.”

“These awards reflect our 55-year commitment to journalistic excellence,” said Blade Editor Kevin Naff. “Congratulations to our team for another year of award-winning journalism.”

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