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Doctor Indicted

John Marshall

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A grand jury returned three indictments today against a former Lincolnton doctor accused of raping a patient during the 1990s.

John Everett Marshall, 59, of 466 Jerry Crump Road, was indicted on felony charges for first-degree rape, conspiracy and sexual offense by a custodian, according to the Clerk of Court’s Office.

Police arrested Marshall at his residence late last month following an investigation into allegations he raped a local woman in 1996 while she was receiving hospital care, detectives said.

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

The victim came forward about the incident last year, police said, claiming Marshall, her former OB-GYN doctor, who according to public records with the North Carolina Medical Board, lost his medical license indefinitely in 2011, gave her medication which numbed her while she was at the emergency room for stomach pain.

Marshall told her she instead had an issue with her reproductive system, the woman told police.

A second doctor, who was assisting Marshall’s practice at the time, and who has since died, is accused of additionally assaulting her during the incident, police said.

Since Marshall’s arrest, more individuals have come forward, claiming the suspect also inapropriately touched them, detectives said.

Police have been looking into the additional allegations and continuing to investigate this month before possibly pressing more charges, they said.

Originally scheduled to make a second district court appearance on Tuesday, Marshall is now set to appear on Jan. 29, 2014, according to Marshall’s attorney, Blair Pettis of Pettis & Silver, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, in Lincolnton.

In a recent email to the Times-News, Pettis had no further comment on the case, he said, “except to reiterate that Dr. Marshall is innocent.”

“He looks forward to establishing that (innocence) in court,” Pettis said.

 

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