Krahling Pleads Guilty, Faces 7 Years in Prison
A former Meriden dentist has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, sexual assault, and intimidating a witness and faces seven years in prison for the offenses. 52-year-old Jeffrey Krahling made the plea in New Haven Superior Court on Wednesday, August 29.
According to court statements, the plea deal is for a 15-year prison sentence which will be suspended after Krahling serves 7 years, with 10 years of probation following his release. Krahling also must register as a sex offender for 10 years and undergo sex offender evaluation and treatment. The charges carried a maximum sentence of 47 years.
Multiple Patients Allege Sexual Assault
Krahling was charged with sexual assault based on incidents that took place in April and September 2016 at his dental practice on 12 Curtis St. in Meriden. Female patients told authorities that Krahling wrapped his legs around their heads and made grinding motions.
The tampering, intimidating, and burglary charges were related to an incident on December 9, 2016. Krahling broke into a basement of one of the patient’s he sexually assaulted. A neighbor called the police and Krahling fled from them at the scene.
Legal Recourse For Victims of Dentist Sexual Assault
Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a crime victim lawyer who specializes in helping the survivors of sexual assault find justice. We’ve asked him to discuss the legal options available for survivors of sexual assault in medical settings:
Crimes of sexual violence are particularly heinous, as the survivors of these crimes are often left with permanent trauma. When a trusted medical professional commits sexual assault on a patient, this trauma can become even more difficult to deal with, as the survivor may struggle to ever trust medical professionals again. Sexual assault committed by medical professionals must be taken seriously, and both the perpetrator and negligent third parties who failed to stop the incident must be held accountable.
The survivors of sexual assault in medical settings can find justice through both the criminal justice and civil court systems. Seeing the perpetrator arrested and convicted can be a relief for some survivors. Additionally, survivors may have the option to file a lawsuit against the doctor who abused them and possibly that doctor’s employer.
Survivors of sexual assault who are curious about their legal options should consider discussing their situation with an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.