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Crime & Courts

Accused Yorkville doctor to get new legal team

Dr. Haohua Yang in orange jumpsuit looks on as defense attorney Terry Ekl and Kendall County First Assistant State's Attorney Nemura Pencyla address Judge Timothy McCann in Kendall County court Wednesday morning.
Dr. Haohua Yang in orange jumpsuit looks on as defense attorney Terry Ekl and Kendall County First Assistant State's Attorney Nemura Pencyla address Judge Timothy McCann in Kendall County court Wednesday morning.

The Yorkville doctor accused of sexually abusing some of his patients is switching legal teams, he confirmed in court this week.

Dr. Haohua Yang, who lived in Naperville but practiced in Yorkville, is facing multiple counts of criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse related to accusations that he assaulted female patients at his Yorkville practice. Yang is being held without bond at the Kendall County Jail in Yorkville.

Yang appeared before Kendall County Judge Timothy McCann Wednesday morning to confirm that Naperville attorney Terry Ekl and Chicago attorney Terry Gillespie would no longer be representing him. He has hired attorneys Robert Motta and Jeremy Jorgenson to represent him instead. Motta and Ekl appeared with Yang in court Wednesday.

When McCann asked Yang if the change in legal teams was at his request, Yang said, "I respect that decision."

"It's not my request, but I respect that," Yang repeated.

When McCann again quizzed Yang about whether he agreed with the decision to change legal teams, Yang said he agreed.

McCann agreed on a status hearing date with the new attorneys on March 10 at 9 a.m. at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.

McCann found Yang not guilty of one of the charges on Jan. 13 following a bench trial, which is heard by the judge instead of a jury.

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