June 2, 2016
A Spring Hill doctor has been accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl who worked in his office part-time.
The doctor allegedly admitted to the crime when confronted by the girl’s parents, who claim the inappropriate touching began May 3 and continued until May 26 when their daughter told them what had happened.
According to reports, deputies say the girl believed her encounters with the doctor started off jokingly, with him occasionally massaging her shoulders. She had worked in his office since the start of the school year in August.
On one occasion, she claims she came in wearing a dress. The teen claims the doctor grabbed her by the waist and extended her dress from her body. She also alleges the man touched her buttocks with an open hand, but she wasn’t sure if it was intentional and decided to keep the incident to herself.
The following day at work, the teen said she mentioned possibly having tendinitis in her elbow and that the doctor proceeded to touch and feel the upper part of her arms.
She told police the physical contact was unwanted.
The doctor is also accused of squeezing her thigh during a conversation they were having about weight loss.
The man was arrested by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office on a charge of lewd and lascivious molestation. His bond was set at $10,000. He has been ordered to wear a GPS monitor.
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