WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A Wilmington oral surgeon accused of sexually abusing nearly two dozen patients while they were under anesthesia has been released from jail after posting bond.
Michael Lee Hasson, 55, of Wilmington Oral Surgery, is facing 30 charges, including three counts of felony indecent liberties with a child, 17 counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, one count of felony statutory rape, and nine counts of felony second-degree forcible sex offense.
Hasson was released from the New Hanover County Jail around 10 p.m. Wednesday after posting a $550,000 bond. Last month, a judge lowered Hasson’s bond from $1.1 million during an April 3 court appearance.
At that same court appearance, the judge stipulated that if Hasson made bond, he’s required to surrender his passport, have no contact with alleged victims and be subjected to electronic monitoring. If he does go under house arrest, Hasson can only leave the home for attorney or medical visits.
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There have been a total of 23 alleged victims so far with the youngest believed to be 12 years old and the oldest 69. The alleged victims are from New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Onslow counties.
Days after Hasson’s initial arrest, his license was suspended by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners. The board’s order stated that Hasson was to immediately cease practicing dentistry and will surrender his license, current renewal certificate and general anesthesia permit.
The board was set to hold a hearing on Saturday, April 13 regarding the summary suspension of Hasson’s license, but he waived his right to that hearing the week prior.
His next court date is May 13.
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