A dentist from our Sacramento area had his licensed pulled while he faces charges of battery and sexual battery on some of his female patients. Twenty-seven women have come forth in this case, stating that the dentist, Dr. Mark Anderson, groped their breasts during their examinations. Dr. Anderson has stated that he was not groping his patients’ breasts, but rather massaging them as a treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder, a jaw condition more commonly known as TMJ. The defendant brought forth evidence that showed “palpating the pectoral muscles of the chest” is a standard of care for the treatment of TMJ. The judge rejected this evidence stating that the dentist’s conduct went far beyond just palpating the pectoral muscles and noted that sexual comments were often made during this so-called treatment.
California code 1708 states that “every person is bound, without contract, to abstain from injuring the person or property of another, or infringing upon any of his or her rights”. When someone intently offends or harms someone else by touching their intimate parts, they commit sexual battery. Any person who commits sexual battery is liable by law for the other person’s special damages, general damages, and punitive damages.
It is always sad when a professional uses his or her power and/or authority to manipulate or abuse the person they are supposed to be serving. If you have suffered from a sexual assault, please contact me at the Law Offices of Moseley Collins. You should not go through this alone and the assailant should be stopped before he/she hurts more people. We are here to listen and help.