5 more women say pediatrician indecently rubbed against them

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania pediatrician awaiting trial on charges he indecently assaulted a woman while examining her infant has been accused of doing the same thing to five more women.

Lehigh County prosecutors revealed the new accusations at a pretrial hearing Monday for 43-year-old Dr. Jarret Patton. Patton is accused of rubbing against the 32-year-old woman during her child’s Feb. 25 exam. The woman told police she thought it was an accident until Patton did it a second time and had an erection.

Prosecutors aren’t saying they’ll bring extra charges based on the new allegations, but they want to introduce testimony about the incidents to show Patton’s February actions were part of a pattern.

Patton’s attorney says he believes some of the women’s stories may not be admissible. Patton’s medical license has been suspended.

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