A former dental assistant at Maryland Oral Surgery Associates in Silver Spring has been sentenced for sexually abusing a patient.
Former Maryland Oral Surgery Associates Dental Assistant Gets 7 Year Sentence
A former dental assistant for Maryland Oral Surgery Associates in Silver Spring has been ordered to serve seven years in prison after being found guilty of inappropriately touching a patient. His full sentence was 25 years, with the remaining 18 suspended.
20-year-old Mervin Alexander Rivas-Chang was found guilty in May of sex abuse of a minor, second-degree sex offense, and third-degree sex offense.
Court documents say that Rivas-Chang sexually abused a teenage girl who was having her wisdom teeth removed at Maryland Oral Surgery Associates on September 1, 2017. The girl stated that she went to sleep during the procedure and woke up to Rivas-Chang placing a blanket over her and sexually abusing her.
The girl would later see that Rivas-Chang was wearing blue surgical scrubs. Other staff members eventually confirmed that Rivas-Chang was an assistant in the girl’s room during the procedure.
In addition to the prison sentence, Rivas-Chang must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.