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Doctor charged with rape of patient



Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News John Marshall, a former doctor, leaves his home in handcuffs after being charged with raping a patient over a decade ago.



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A former Lincolnton OB-GYN accused of raping a female patient more than a decade ago is out on bond and has hired a local attorney.

John Everett Marshall, 59, appeared in district court Tuesday morning on charges of first-degree rape, conspiracy and sexual offense by a custodian.

Meredith Shuford served as the presiding judge, the Clerk of Court’s Office said.

Late Monday afternoon, police served the former medical doctor warrants at his house, located at 466 Jerry Crump Road in Lincolnton.

Officers knocked on Marshall’s door just before 5 p.m. but waited several minutes before he eventually emerged from the garage area, questioning why police were there.

He was jailed under a $100,000 secured bond but later released.

Marshall has hired Blair M. Pettus of Lewis & Shuford, P.A., in Lincolnton to serve as his attorney.

“He (Marshall) maintains his innocence and will plead not guilty on all counts,” Pettus said.

Detectives said in 1996 Marshall raped a female patient while she was receiving care in the emergency room of the old city hospital on Gamble Drive.

That same year, the North Carolina Medical Board took away his privilege to deliver babies in the hospital, according to public documents on the agency’s website, ncmedicalboard.org.

Police said the victim had called Marshall to come to the medical facility to check on her after she had been admitted for stomach pain.

However, Marshall told her it was not a stomach problem but an issue with her reproductive system, police said.

Another doctor, now deceased, who had been helping Marshall with his practice at the time and lived out-of-county, also sexually assaulted the woman during the hospital incident, Det. Sgt. Jason Munday said.

Police have been investigating the case since last year when the victim came forward about the incident.

Officers are continuing to look into the case along with the possibility of additional victims.

Marshall previously maintained an office at 104 Lincoln Medical Park in Lincolnton.

According to healthgrades.com, patients rated him below the national average on a number of characteristics related to their visits including “level of trust in provider’s decisions” and “how well the provider listens and answers questions.”

The N.C. Medical Board indefinitely suspended Marshall’s medical license in March 2011, 21 years after issuing it to him, public documents revealed.

However, complaints piled up against the doctor years earlier.

Not only did a nurse and receptionist each accuse him of being inappropriate with them, through talk and touch, but Marshall also failed to properly fill out medical examinations and forms on more than one occasion, particularly prescriptions for a schedule IV controlled substance for family members, documents showed.

In addition, in 1997, the Board put stipulations on his license, ordering he only practice office-based gynecology with a chaperone present when seeing patients.

Anyone with information in the alleged rape case or other possible incidents regarding Marshall are asked to contact the Lincolnton Police Department at (704) 736-8900 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 736-8909.

Monday’s arresting officers included Munday, Det. Ashley Boyles and Officer Jennifer Green.

Marshall’s next court date is set for Nov. 12.


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