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Suspect Accused of Drugging, Sexually Assaulting 3 Victims

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A 44-year-old North Las Vegas man is accused of sexually assaulting victims while claiming to be a doctor.

Police say Juan Alberto Ruan-Rivera drugged his victims and assaulted them after they were sedated. They say he was a charismatic charmer.

"He would treat his victims with medications," said Officer Chrissie Coon with North Las Vegas Police Department. "It appears that he targets victims that don't have health insurance, that have either been diagnosed as chronically ill or seriously ill and are looking for some other means of cheaper medications and that sort of thing."

Ruan-Rivera is accused of claiming to be a doctor, chiropractor or therapist who was licensed in Mexico. Police say his primary target has been Hispanics with no health insurance. The suspect is also a distributor of Omnilife Natural Supplements.

The alleged victims are a 5-year-old boy, 51-year-old woman, and 27-year-old woman. According to North Las Vegas Police, the abuse occurred in the suspect's home from 2006 to the present. The victims came forward after they heard that Ruan-Rivera had been arrested on a domestic battery charge. Coon says the victims were afraid to come forward earlier.

Fake doctors can kill. Last April, a woman died while getting a buttocks enhancement surgery in a back room.

Police are also concerned about so-called botanicas that advertise herbal products. Metro Police busted a shop in May that allegedly sold prescription drugs and operated a make-shift doctor's office in the back.

The Mexican Consulate understands phony physicians and illegal clinics have become dangers that hurt immigrants.

"I know the local authorities and the Consulate have also been concerned about this situation," said Octavio Perales with the Mexican Consulate in Las Vegas. "They can also approach the Consulate, in the case of Mexican nationals, and we can refer them to established clinics."

Nevada is launching a new campaign "No to Fake Doctors" that aims to spread the word that not everyone wearing a white coat has a license to practice medicine.

Ruan-Rivera is in custody at the North Las Vegas Detention Center and facing sexual assault charges. Bail is set at $173,000. As this case unfolds, he could face more charges.

Detectives say there is the possibility of other victims because Ruan-Rivera spent time in Blythe, Calif., Victorville, Calif., Chula Vista, Calif., Anchorage, Alaska, Texas and Nevada.

Detectives are looking for additional witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at (702)633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702)385-5555.

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