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Dr. Georges Bensimhon in court, accused of attacking son-in-law

Enters not guilty plea in Ohio

Local doctor heads to court

CLEVELAND - A well-respected doctor from Lehigh County, accused of driving to Ohio and attacking his son-in-law, has entered a plea in court.

Dr. Georges Bensimhon pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, Wednesday morning.

Bensimhon, of South Whitehall Township, went to the home of his son-in-law, Dr. Alan Hoffer, waited in the bushes and then attacked him earlier this month, police said.

Officers said they found spinal needles in Bensimhon's backpack.

The victim survived the attack.

Hoffer and Bensimhon's daughter were in the middle of a nasty divorce, police said.
Bensimhon had threatened the victim several times in the past, according to Hoffer's father.

Bensimhon has been a doctor for three decades -- most recently working as an anesthesiologist for Coordinated Health.

Bensimhon has been placed on house arrest, and arrangements are being made to have him electronically monitored at his home.

His bond was increased Wednesday from $500,000 to $750,000.

No trial date has been set.

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