The Columbia Medical Center is refusing to answer a reporter’s questions about a White American medical doctor who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing multiple patients in a clinic in Columbia.
“Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Medical Association have informed the media that the information requested is not available to the public and that the public will not be able to obtain additional information,” a statement from the hospital read.
The hospital’s statement also said that the hospital will not release the name of the doctor.
The lawsuit filed by the father of a 15-year-old girl accuses the doctor of sexually assaulting her between December 2016 and May 2017.
The medical facility, however, maintains that the doctor was never the patient and that it never shared any information with the police.
“The only person who knows the name and address of the patient is the hospital, and they have not shared that information with Columbia Police Department or any other law enforcement agency,” said Dr. David Estrada, the hospital’s executive vice president of public affairs.
The complaint was filed by Columbia parents of two girls who were treated at the medical center in late 2016 and early 2017, according to the complaint.
The two girls were reportedly abused by the doctor at the clinic for several years.
The father of the two girls, David Echols, is a practicing pediatrician at the hospital.
He has been a practicing doctor for 18 years and is a board-certified pediatrician.
He says that the medical staff at the Columbia Health System knew about the doctor’s alleged sexual misconduct and did nothing to stop it.
“I think we’ve seen the extent to which the medical community is not willing to deal with this and I think the public is seeing that, too,” said Echol.
Columbia police have declined to say what they are investigating.