Lancaster County sports medicine doctor William Vollmar has been arrested again on charges of sexual abuse involving patients.
Vollmar was first arrested by state police in March for allegedly sexually assaulting a man during a sports massage on March 14. On Wednesday, he was charged with sexually abusing four additional patients, including two students at Conestoga Valley High School.
One of these students was a 17-year-old Conestoga Valley student who Vollmar allegedly touched inappropriately on two separate occasions on school property this year. Another alleged victim was assaulted by Vollmar as a Conestoga Valley student in the 1990s and again in 2016-2017 after he returned to Vollmar as a patient.
Vollmar has been working with high school athletes for decades. He had contracts to work for six school districts, a private school, and a college in the area. According to prosecutors, he was also active in district and state athletic competitions and was a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
Vollmar has been charged with felony institutional sexual assault, corruption of minors, and other related offenses. He was released on $250,000 bond. An investigation into Vollmar’s conduct is ongoing and Attorney General Josh Shapiro says that additional victims have come forward.
Some of Vollmar’s alleged victims are fighting back by filing sexual abuse lawsuits. Last week, a man who says that Vollmar began abusing him when he was 15 years old filed a lawsuit against Vollmar, the medical facility where he worked, and a hospital. Several other alleged victims have civil lawyers and more lawsuits are anticipated.
Vollmar spent almost 27 years working at Diamantoni & Associates in Quarryville. This is where he was charged with assaulting a patient last month. Additionally, attorney Brian Kent says that one of his clients claims to have notified the owner of that facility, Stephen G. Diamantoni, that Vollmar had sexually abused him. However, Kent says, there was no response to these allegations.
Attorney contributor Brian Kent and the team of attorneys are representing multiple accusers in the Dr. William Vollmar sexual abuse case. Here is Brian with some general information about the legal options available to those who have suffered sexual abuse by doctors and other healthcare professionals:
Doctors who violate their patients’ trust by committing heinous crimes of sexual abuse must be held accountable for their actions. However, this accountability does not end with the criminal justice system and there are often third parties who also deserve to be held accountable. In many cases, victims of doctor-patient sexual abuse also have the right to file a lawsuit against the doctor who abused them and the facility where the abuse occurred.
Medical facilities who failed to keep their patients safe from abuse can be held liable for damages if the victims of the abuse file lawsuits. For example, a medical facility could be considered negligent and held liable if they had ignored previous reports of sexual misconduct involving a doctor who worked for them.
If you or someone you love has recently become a victim of doctor sexual abuse, there are ways for you to find justice. You can learn more about your legal options and potential right to financial compensation by speaking with an experienced sexual abuse survivors attorney.