Dentist Faces 7-15 Years For Sexual Assault, Child Pornography
A former Meriden dentist has been sentenced to 7-15 years in prison for possession of child pornography, sexual assault, and intimidating a witness. 52-year-old Jeffrey Krahling was sentenced to 15 years in prison, suspended after seven years. He will also be on probation for 10 years following his release.
In August, Krahling pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine first-degree possession of child pornography, intimidation of a witness, third-degree burglary, tampering with a witness, and two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. The Alford Doctrine is used in cases where the defendant does not agree with all of the state’s evidence but admits that there is enough for a conviction.
Krahling was charged with sexual assault based on incidents that allegedly occurred in April and September 2016 at Krahling’s dentist offices at 12 Curtis Street in Meriden. Two female patients reported that Krahling wrapped his legs around their heads and ground his privates against them.
The tampering, intimidation, and burglary charges were related from an incident on December 9, 2016, when Krahling was accused of breaking into one of his accusers’ homes. A neighbor witnessed Krahling outside of the house and he fled when police arrived at the scene.
Krahling was charged with child pornography after a state police investigation of a file-sharing network uncovered 38 images and 15 videos of child pornography on Krahling’s laptop.
Legal Options For Survivors of Sexual Assault by Medical Professionals
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps sexual assault victims seek justice and find support in civil courtrooms. We’ve asked him to add some information on the legal options available to those sexually assaulted by medical professionals:
No one should fear their safety while visiting a doctor, dentist, or any other medical professional. While the overwhelming majority of medical professionals are trustworthy members of their communities, sexual abuse by these professionals is more common than most people may realize. When a patient is sexually abused in a medical facility, we must make sure that the victim gets the support they need and that the perpetrator and any enablers are brought to justice.
Law enforcement and the criminal justice system handle the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrator, but often fail to directly address the needs of victims. Instead, many victims turn to civil courts in order to secure the financial compensation they deserve. In cases where a medical facility was negligent in a way that enabled sexual assault to occur (such as ignoring previous allegations of sexual misconduct), the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit. Additionally, victims often have grounds for a lawsuit directly against the medical professional who abused them.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a medical professional, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual assault survivors lawyer.