A physician for Froedtert South is charged with stalking a woman who works as a certified nursing assistant.
Dr. Nedal Mejalli, 57, was charged with the felony Monday and is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court March 14.
A warrant had been issued for his arrest Monday, but that warrant was canceled Tuesday and Mejalli posted $1,000 bond.
Mejalli’s attorney Patrick Cafferty said the doctor strongly denies the charges.
“Absolutely, he will dispute these allegations. He will enter a plea of not guilty, and he will seek exoneration,” Cafferty said.
The complaint against Mejalli states that the 22-year-old woman, who works as a certified nursing assistant at Kenosha Medical Center, 6308 Eighth Ave., contacted police Feb. 15. That afternoon, she said, Mejalli had threatened her in the hospital cafeteria, allegedly telling her, “You’re going to die. I’m going to kill you.”
A man the woman had been speaking to on the phone when Mejalli approached her told police he, too, heard the threat.
Police checked security video from the cafeteria, which confirmed that Mejalli approached the woman as she spoke on the phone.
The woman told police she and Mejalli had been in a consensual relationship for several months in 2018, but that relationship ended in May 2018 when she and Mejalli had a confrontation for which they both received citations.
Since then, she told police, Mejalli had been stalking her, including sending her messages and confronting her at work.
The woman told police she has complained about him to human resources personnel at the hospital about the past incidents, which the hospital confirmed to police.
According to the criminal complaint, within minutes of a Kenosha Police officer leaving a phone message with Mejalli Feb. 20 asking that that he come to the police station, a representative of the hospital system reported to police that Mejalli had “run out of the building through the backdoor and sped away from the clinic while he still had patients to attend.”
Mejalli filed a petition for a temporary restraining order against the woman on Feb. 19. In that petition, he stated that he believed the woman was attempting to blackmail him, that she had physically abused him, and that she was harassing him by going to hospital management with complaints.
“She is trying to destroy my life,” he wrote.
The woman also filed a restraining order petition against Mejalli.
Mejalli’s temporary restraining order was granted, but was dismissed Monday as part of stipulated agreement between both parties, according to court records. The woman’s petition was also dismissed due to the same agreement.
According to a statement in the criminal complaint from Susan Ventura, Froedtert South vice president, Mejalli works both as a family practice doctor and a hospitalist, working four- to 12-hour shifts at the hospital.
The hospital declined comment.
“Please know that Froedtert South does not comment on employment matters,” said Chris Ventura, director of business development, in an email.