Los Alamos Urologist Detained Under House Arrest for Violating Judge’s Orders

Urologist Pavel V. Mourachov
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos police picked up local urologist Pavel V. Mourachov Friday, June 14, for the second time in a month.

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados signed the arrest warrant on the Russian born Mourachov, 41, after he was spotted entering Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC) through the main entrance – a violation of the terms of his release from jail after a May 22 arrest.

Police picked up Mourachov at LAMC. He was detained under house arrest over the weekend. Casados told the Los Alamos Daily Post Friday that Mourachov was released from house arrest earlier this week after LAMC submitted a letter to the court stating it had granted him permission to enter the hospital through the main entrance.

Police had charged Mourachov in the May 22 arrest with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, harassment and extreme cruelty to animals for shooting his cat with an arrow, according to police reports. The cat later died.

The judge tied Mourachov’s release to a number of conditions and warned him that she would issue a bench warrant for his arrest if he violated her orders. She informed him that LAMC obtained a no trespassing order against him. She granted him permission to enter his office at LAMC through the rear door only and forbid him from walking around inside the hospital beyond his office.

Casados also forbid Mourachov from contacting his estranged wife, her family or neighbors who live around Mourachov’s El Conejo home in Los Alamos. The judge also told Mourachov that he is not to consume alcohol, enter a liquor establishment, ingest or possess narcotics, write himself prescriptions, possess firearms or bow and arrows, or get into any trouble with the law – including traffic tickets.

The judge further ordered Mourachov to wear an active GPS monitoring device and restricted his movements to visiting his attorney, the courthouse, Smith’s Food and Drug Center, his Santa Fe medical office on Mondays and an Albuquerque hospital once a month.

LAMC issued a statement at the time saying Mourachov is not an employee of LAMC and that his medical privileges have been suspended.

Mourachov’s medical license with the state also has been suspended. The Los Alamos Daily Post obtained the draft minutes from a May 31 emergency meeting of the New Mexico Medical Board called by NMMB Chair Dr. Steve Weiner. The board entered into Executive Session to discuss matters pertaining to the issuance, suspension, renewal or revocation of Mourachov’s license to practice medicine, along with possible disciplinary action against the doctor. The board returned to open session and approved the motion to allow Mourachov to voluntarily place his license on inactive status while he is under investigation for the charges filed against him by the Los Alamos Police Department. Board member Dr. Roger Miller recused himself from the vote.

Mourachov had been released from jail May 28 following his first appearance in court after his May 22 arrest. During that court appearance, his attorney Elden Pennington asked that his client’s bail be reduced saying, “Mr. Mourachov does not have any actual cash assets at this point and his business is in substantial debt.”

An assistant district attorney expressed concern about lowering Mourachov’s bail saying he has had a number of run ins with police and based on his behavior, there is worry that he wants the police to harm him. He described the urologist as “someone who can be unpredictable … dangerous.”

Mourachov’s attorney told the judge, “A lot of this is stemming from a relationship with his wife that has fallen apart.”

Casados set bail for Mourachov at $20,000 for the extreme cruelty to animals and harassment charges and allowed Mourachov to pay 10 percent of that amount to the court. She set bail for the two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon at $10,000 and allowed him to pay 10 percent of that amount to the court as well.

The judge explained to Mourachov at his May 28 hearing that his innocence or guilt does not need to be proven at the upcoming preliminary hearing, but rather that sufficient evidence exists that a crime was committed. If convicted, Mourachov faces 18 months in jail and/or a $5,000 fine on the two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon – a 4th degree felony. He is facing up to 354 days in jail and a $500 fine on the extreme cruelty to animals and harassment charges.

Casados said Friday that Mourachov’s next Magistrate Court appearance will be a preliminary hearing set for 9 a.m. Thursday, July 11.

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