Police said they are now investigating a number of additional allegations from individuals who have reported that a former area doctor, accused this week of raping a patient, also had inappropriate physical contact with them over the years.
Police arrested former Lincolnton OB-GYN John Everett Marshall, 59, Monday at his home on Jerry Crump Road.
They charged him with one count each of felony first-degree rape, conspiracy and sexual offense by a custodian.
He was booked under a $100,000 secured bond and released later that day.
Marshall is accused of raping a woman while she in the hospital in 1996.
The victim told detectives she went to the emergency room for stomach pain that Marshall later told her was related to her reproductive system.
He went to the hospital to check on her, and along with a doctor assisting Marshall’s practice at the time, raped and assaulted her, police said.
Marshall’s doctor aid has since died.
Since the suspect’s arrest, police have been flooded with similar calls, they said–reports of other people Marshall allegedly touched inappropriately.
“We’re really receiving a lot of calls and going through them right now,” Det. Sgt. Jason Munday said.
Police are in the process, they said, of setting up interviews with each of the alleged victims.
Munday also disregared details being reported on other area news outlets that a second woman has come forward claiming Marshall raped her, too, around the same time frame.
“That’s not really accurate,” he said.
Marshall previously worked in an office located on Lincoln Medical Park.
Two years ago, the North Carolina Medical Board indefinitely suspended his license following numerous complaints against him regarding additional instances of inapropriate talk and touch with co-workers, according to the Board’s public documents.
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.
Blair Pettus, of Lincolnton, is serving as Marshall’s criminal defense attorney.