Dr. Don Underwood, Alleged Tot-Tickler N.D., Likely Person Seen in Video Showering With 9-Year-Old Boy
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office confirms to New Times that detectives have recovered a video at the home of Dr. Don Underwood -- the Anthem naturopathic doctor (N.D.) accused of molesting a 9-year-old boy -- that shows a man and a boy taking a shower together.
The man, MCSO Lieutenant Brian Lee says, appears to be Underwood, and the boy, the 9-year-old victim.
Following his arrest yesterday, police seized three computers -- as well as the shower video -- from the home where Underwood lives with his mother. Lee says it appears Underwood is the one who recorded the video.
Underwood's been booked on seven counts of child molestation and three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
You can read all the details here, but the gist of it is Underwood was having naked sleepovers with the 9-year-old, in which the two played what the victim describes as the "tickle game."
The "tickle game," court documents show, involved the boy rubbing Underwood's penis. In other instances, Underwood is alleged to have put the boy's penis in his mouth.
Underwood told police the victim would often instigate the "tickle game" and he told him to stop every time he grabbed his penis. The victim says the "tickle game" happened once a week from at least July until last month.
Underwood and the victim's family were next door neighbors until he recently moved in with his mother. He even hired the victim's mother to work in his office.
Underwood befriended the family and began helping out by picking the victim and his brother up from school. As a doctor, authorities say, he began working with the victim to help treat his ADHD.
During a confrontation call between Underwood and the mother, he admitted to partaking in "the tickle game." He says the victim was curious about sex, so he allowed him to touch his penis. He told the mother he may have bumped into the victim's penis in the process.
Since Underwood's arrest, parents of former patients of his have contacted police with concerns that their child may have also been a victim. Anyone with such concerns is asked to call the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office at 602-876-1087.
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