Months of North Carolina sexual assaults pinned on suspended interpreter who pretended to be doctor: police
An interpreter for the North Carolina health department allegedly impersonated a doctor to sexually assault at least seven women during bogus home exams, police said.
The criminal case against Daniel Pitti-Casazola started in July after a woman told police she received an illegitimate medical exam in her home, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) said during a press conference Friday.
Since then, at least six more women came forward with similar accusations against Pitti-Casazola that spanned four months between February and July, and police believe there could be more victims.
He was suspended after the first accusations came to light. He allegedly targeted Hispanic women who didn’t speak English, according to police. The survivors’ ages ranged from 19 to 32.
He allegedly repeated his MO during each alleged incident, police said.
Pitti-Casazola made contact with the victims, set up what they believed was a legitimate home medical exam, sexually assaulted them and left, according to law enforcement.
Police emphasized that none of the sexual incidents were rape but “involved other forms of inappropriate sexual contact.”
His alleged victims were all part of a special state-run health program for themselves and their young children.
“They believed they were being helped, but instead they were violated in their own homes,” CMPD Lt. James Ivie said. “We still strongly believe that there are other victims out there.
“Our survivors who have come forward are extremely brave.”
Lt. Ivie stressed during the press conference that they are not asking about the immigration status of potential victims. “Victims should not fear coming forward,” he said.
The alleged assaults, which stretched from one end of Charlotte to the other, allegedly took place on Feb. 17, 2023, March 29, 2023, June 7, 2023, June 9, 2023, June 13, 2013, and July 17, 2023.
He was originally arrested on July 18 and is currently being held in jail on $150,000 bond.
Anyone with further information or who believes they may also be a victim is asked to call 704-336-8279 or 704-336-7922 (Español) and speak directly to a Sex Assault Unit detective.