Dentist charged with inappropriately touching patients

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) – A Worcester dentist already charged with sexually assaulting one patient is facing allegations from two additional patients.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Nikhilkumar Patel pleaded not guilty on Monday to five counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over age 14 in connection with the latest charges.

Prosecutors say Patel is charged with rubbing his crotch against the arm of one female patient and touching the breasts of another woman on multiple visits. In the August case, he was also charged with touching a female patient’s breasts.

Patel’s lawyers say he denies the allegations and they are “100 percent confident these charges will be dismissed.”

Patel is free on $1,000 bail in the August case and was released without bail in the latest cases.

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