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Judge OKs $15M settlement over rape of incapacitated woman at Hacienda Healthcare

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Posted at 11:16 AM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 14:16:16-04

PHOENIX — A judge approved a $15 million settlement against a doctor in a lawsuit by the parents of an incapacitated woman who was sexually assaulted and gave birth at a Phoenix long-term care center.

The settlement made on behalf of Dr. Phillip Gear was deemed reasonable by a judge. Gear cared for the woman for 26 years while she lived at Hacienda Healthcare.

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Gear’s insurer argued it has no obligation to pay the amount.

In 2019, Arizona Medical Board records showed Dr. Phillip Gear agreed to a consent order to surrender his license and not contest the matter in court.

Arizona previously settled the case for $7.5 million.

Another doctor who cared for the woman in the months before the 2018 birth agreed to settle.

Hacienda settled before the lawsuit was filed.