For the second time in less than a week, a Valley doctor has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing one of his patients.
While it's not the same doctor at the center of last week's allegations, the circumstances -- as far as we can tell -- are fairly similar.
Phoenix police say Dr. Galen Johnson, a 54-year-old OB-GYN at the Estrella Women's Health Center, was arrested today stemming from an incident in May when police say he assaulted and sexually abused a 28-year-old patient.
According to police, on the afternoon of May 18, the victim
reported that Johnson physically assaulted and sexually abused
Phoenix police Sergeant Trent Crump tells New Times that police
aren't releasing many details at about the assault at the moment
but says "this is not a case of he-said, she-said -- we're very
comfortable with the charges."
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Crump was sure to give us the legal definition of assault when we asked
if the incident was violent, and from the sound of it, Johnson didn't
violently attack the victim but touched her inappropriately, which is
assault under the law.
Johnson's been charged with one count of sexual abuse and one count of
assault. After his arrest this afternoon, he was taken to a Maricopa
County Superior Court spokesman Vincent Funari says he'll have
the police report for us in the morning, so check back to Valley Fever tomorrow to get the rest of the details.