Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Tremont Dentist Charged with Sexual Misconduct and Indecent Assault of Former Employee and Patient

A Tremont dentist was taken into custody at his practice on Tuesday morning on sexual assault and other charges.

On Tuesday morning, around 10:00am, the Pennsylvania State Police arrived at Tremont Dentistry on East Laurel Street and took the owner, Dr. Scott Miller Parkinson, 58, of Orwigsburg into custody.

Dr. Parkinson was transported to Magisterial District Judge David J. Rossi's office where he was charged with 1 felony county of sexual extortion by engaging in sexual conduct/nudity, 2 misdemeanor counts of indecent assault without the consent of others, 1 misdemeanor count of indecent exposure, 2 misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct by using obscene language/gestures, and 2 misdemeanor counts of harassment.

The charges stem from an investigation after State Police received a report in July from a former employee that she was sexually assaulted by Dr. Parkinson.

The victim told investigators that Dr. Parkinson on multiple occasions had groped her buttocks, breasts, and legs, had attempted to kiss her, and exposed himself.  Each time, the victim told Dr. Parkinson to stop repeatedly.

During the most recent incident, Dr. Parkinson had allegedly walked up behind the victim, grabbed her by the waist, exposed himself, and rubbed his genitals against her.

The victim reportedly left the office immediately and Dr. Parkinson began texting her.  After she didn't reply, he allegedly threatened to take away the victim's upcoming raise.

While detectives were investigating this incident, they learned of a second victim that had been a patient of his in 2017.

The victim that told investigators that while she was getting an emergency dental procedure, he had touched her buttocks numerous times in a sexual manner.  Dr. Parkinson had apologized to the patient and never charged her for his dental services.

During the arraignment, investigating officer Trooper Justin Bedford noted that Dr. Parkinson had been charged with indecent assault in 1993 and 1994 for similar incidents at his office.  Dr. Parkinson had served nearly 3 years probation for both of those incidents.

As a result of the investigation, Dr. Parkinson was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Rossi who set bail at $25,000 straight cash as well as revoked his passport.  Dr. Parkinson had questioned the judge during arraignment about a trip out of the country he that is scheduled to start at the end of this week.  Judge Rossi advised Dr. Parkinson to speak with his lawyer if he wished to appeal the arraignment agreement.

After arraignment Dr. Parkinson was being transported back to the Schuylkill Haven Barracks for processing before being transported to Schuylkill County Prison.

UPDATE:  From Schuylkill Haven PSP:  Anyone who may have additional information regarding similar misconduct involving Dr. Parkinson is asked to contact the Schuylkill Haven barracks by calling (570) 754-4600.