Estrella Women's Health Center Doc Accused of Sex Abuse Resigned Days Before Alleged Incident

Administrators at Estrella Women's Health Center in Phoenix -- where Dr. Galen Johnson, now accused of assaulting and sexually abusing one of his patients, practiced -- want to make it clear that Johnson is no longer employed at the center, having resigned just days before the alleged incident.

Estrella business manager Lena Redondo tells New Times that Johnson resigned two months ago and was in the process of closing his practice when the incident allegedly happened.

Redondo wouldn't say much about the circumstances surrounding the 54-year-old OB-GYN's resignation but says everyone in the office was "shocked" to learn of the allegations.

According to court documents acquired by New Times, Johnson's been charged with one count of sexual abuse and one count of assault stemming from several incidents beginning on April 27.

The documents say that during a medical exam, Johnson grabbed the pregnant victim's buttock and commented on how much weight she was gaining.

According to the victim, this wasn't the only time Johnson touched her inappropriately.

During another visit to Dr. Johnson on May 18, the victim claims, he commented on how big her "titties" were getting. She told him it was probably the bra she was wearing, so Johnson reached in her shirt to see how thick the bra was.

Then, the court documents say, Johnson reached all the way into her shirt, cupped her breast, and told her it wasn't the bra, it was her "tits" that were getting big.

After the two incidents, the victim got a new doctor, but Johnson allegedly continued to contact her.

After the victim's baby was born, Johnson, according to the documents, left her a voice-mail, which was played for police, asking "what happened to her." He also referred to her as "baby" and himself "Dr. J," on the recording.

On another call, when asked about the assault by the victim, Johnson defended grabbing her breast, saying he wanted to be sure she was wearing a supportive bra but said he didn't remember grabbing her butt.

When the victim reminded him that he told her he wanted to see the thickness of the bra and then "jiggled" her breast, Johnson told her "it could have happened that way."

On Monday, Johnson was arrested. Initially, he said he didn't recognize the victim, but after putting on his glasses, he said he recognized her but didn't know her name.

When police told Johnson the victim's name, he said he remembered her but didn't remember grabbing her butt. Then he said he was sure he didn't grab her rear, but when asked about grabbing her breasts, he asked for a lawyer.


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