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Pediatrician Accused of Indecently Assaulting Patient's Mother

A Lehigh Valley pediatrician was arrested after he allegedly indecently assaulted the mother of one of his patients.

Dr. Jarret Royce Patton, 43, of Exeter Township, is charged with indecent assault.

A woman told police she was at a scheduled visit for her child in an exam room of the Lehigh Valley Hospital back on February 25. The woman said Dr. Patton came into the room and looked at her child. He then allegedly straddled over the woman’s legs and rubbed against her several times with his genitals, according to officials.

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The woman told investigators she tried to move away but Dr. Patton continued to rub against her. She also said at one point Dr. Patton reached behind her to get a piece of equipment and started grinding onto her leg while rubbing her back.

Officials say Dr. Patton’s employer, the Lehigh Valley Physician Group/Lehigh Valley Health Network is fully cooperating with law enforcement throughout the investigation.

Dr. Patton will be arraigned in the Lehigh County Central Booking Center.

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