Doctor charged with indecent assault worked at four local schools

Lancaster

Lawyers representing accusers of Dr. William Vollmar say at least two sexual assault victims have come forward. They fear there are more since the doctor had access to patients and students at multiple schools and institutions. 

Pennsylvania State Police are interviewing people they call possible additional victims. Vollmar has been charged with one count of indecent assault of an adult patient. Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman says it’s a very active investigation.

Police want parents and students to report any inappropriate behavior.

Vollmar worked at four local school districts and at a medical practice in Quarryville.

“The allegations that are being put forth now is that he had been abusing children as young as 13, if not younger, and all the way up through their 20s,” said Guy D’Andrea, a lawyer representing an accuser. 

The school districts Vollmar worked at all declined interview requests and said the doctor resigned. 

“They were supposed to be getting routine medical treatment but then Dr. Vollmar used his power and trust to then sexually assault these young men,” D’Andrea said.

Middletown sent a note to parents, saying it hasn’t heard about any additional allegations.

Lampeter-Strasburg and Pequea Valley school districts already hired replacement doctors.

Conestoga Valley said in its more than 20-year relationship with the doctor, it hadn’t heard about improper behavior.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape says it’s important for parents not to panic and for kids to know they aren’t in trouble.

“You want to be upfront. You want to be calm. You want to be curious,” PCAR spokeswoman Kristen Houser said.

Penn Medicine says Vollmar held privileges at Lancaster General Hospital and UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster, meaning he could see patients at those locations, too. 

“There are going to be a lot of institutions that are going to do a lot of things to distance themselves,” said D’Andrea.

Vollmar’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 15.

The PA Coalition Against Rape has resources for victims of sexual violence.

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