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New sexual assault charges against doctor who used to work for Middletown Area School District

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 5/2/19

New sexual assault charges were filed Wednesday against Dr. William R. Vollmar, the Lancaster County sports medicine physician who had been the contracted physician for several school …

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New sexual assault charges against doctor who used to work for Middletown Area School District

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New sexual assault charges were filed May 1 against Dr. William R. Vollmar, the Lancaster County sports medicine physician who had been the contracted  physician for several school districts in the region, including Middletown.

The charges stem from four new victims coming forward, two of whom allege they were assaulted by Vollmar while they were attending Conestoga Valley High School, in one of the districts that had contracted with Vollmar as a  physician, according to Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, whose office is prosecuting the case. He said he believes there may be additional victims or witnesses.

Vollmar, of Willow Street, had been the contracted school physician for Middletown Area School District from the 2013-14 school year until April 11 of this year, when he resigned after being arrested by State Police and charged with indecent assault.

As school physician for the district, Vollmar did not examine or have contact with student athletes, Superintendent Lori Suski told the Press & Journal in an email.

Part of Vollmar’s role as school physician with Middletown was to perform mandated medical examinations of students who were not examined by their own pediatrician or family physician in the years for when such examinations are required — kindergarten and grades 6 and 11, Suski said.

Suski in a May 2 letter sent home to district parents following the new charges against Vollmar said that the district is “unaware of any alleged improper conduct” by Vollmar directed at any Middletown students.

However, Suski in her letter encouraged parents to talk with their children and report any “alleged inappropriate conduct” by Vollmar to State Police by calling 717-290-1965.

The letter also encourages any former Middletown district students who allege inappropriate conduct by Vollmar to also report the incident to the State Police.

Besides Middletown and Conestoga Valley, Vollmar was also contracted as a physician with the districts of Lampeter-Strasburg, Pequea Valley, Octorara Area, and Solanco, according to the AG’s office.

Vollmar also had been the contracted  physician for Lancaster Country Day School and for Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster County.

In addition, Vollmar was a medical support member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association for district and state athletic competitions, was a member of the PIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, and worked with the PIAA for 19 years, putting him in regular contact with many children including those competing in tournaments in Hershey and in Shippensburg.

“Dr. Vollmar’s position of authority and public trust gave him widespread access to minors — these four victims have reported that he manipulated that trust to abuse them,” Shapiro said in a statement issued by his office. “This is the beginning of our case to hold this sports medicine doctor accountable, and we encourage anyone with information to contact us. I’m grateful for the strong collaboration between my office and the Pennsylvania State Police to listen to victims’ reports and investigate every lead.”

Vollmar was employed as a practicing physician at Diamantoni and Associates Family Practice in Lancaster County from July 1992 until April.

On April 15, the state Board of Medicine issued an order to temporarily suspend Vollmar’s license to practice as a medical physician and surgeon.

Other than Conestoga Valley, court documents regarding the new charges filed against Vollmar last Wednesday do not refer to victims having attended any of the other school districts that contracted with Vollmar.

One of the victims became a patient of Vollmar’s while attending Conestoga Valley in the early 1990s. According to arrest papers, Vollmar rubbed cream on the victim’s penis before the victim had turned 18.

Arrest papers refer to other incidents in subsequent years in which Vollmar touched the man’s genitals without his permission. In June and July 2017, the victim scheduled another appointment with Vollmar in which Vollmar allegedly performed oral sex on the victim, according to arrest papers.

In the other case involving Conestoga Valley, the victim told police that he had started seeing Vollmar in the fall of 2017.

In January and February 2019, while the victim was 17 years old, Vollmar touched the victim’s penis while giving the victim a massage in the Conestoga Valley High School athletic trainer’s room, according to arrest papers.

In March and early April, the victim was again treated by Vollmar at the school, during which Vollmar again touched the victim’s penis without his permission, according to arrest papers.

In all, the new charges filed against Vollmar last week include one felony count of sexual assault, one felony count of institutional sexual assault, three felony counts of corruption of minors, one felony count of unlawful contact with a minor, and four counts of indecent assault.

“I strongly encourage anyone with any information about Dr. Vollmar to contact our special hotline at 1-800-332-6039,” Shapiro said. “Parents of children who have been treated by him should have a conversation about their experiences, regardless of how old they are now.”