Lake Mary doctor accused of sexually abusing patients

Alleged abuse occurred at Lake Mary practice, police say

LAKE MARY, Fla. – An 87-year-old Lake Mary doctor was arrested Wednesday after police said he sexually battered multiple patients at his family medicine practice, the Lake Mary Police Department said.

Police said the alleged incidents happened in April at William Dalton's practice, Family Medicine On Call at 4106 W. Lake Mary Blvd.

Police responded to the doctor's office on allegations of sexual battery toward multiple patients and found probable cause to arrest Dalton on sexual battery charges.

The State Surgeon General ordered Dalton's medical license be suspended on June 20, according to the Florida Department of Health.

One patient who went to the practice for treatment for Lupus said Dalton lifted her shirt and began touching and kissing her breasts, according to the Department of Health records.

On her next visit, Dalton digitally penetrated the victim and exposed himself to her, records show. The victim filed a police report with Lake Mary police in May.

When asked about the allegations, Dalton told Lake Mary investigators, "I may have touched her breasts. They are my biggest attraction," according to the police report.

Dalton told detectives that he did not have permission to touch the victim, but "just did it."

On April 28, a woman said she went to Dalton's office to get a prescription refilled and he pulled her on his lap and touched her inappropriately, police said. 

Dalton faces charges of sexual battery on a person 18 or older.

Lake Mary Police department spokeswoman Rebekah Matviak said officials are still in the early stages of the investigation and they know there are more victims out there.

"Are there other victims? Yes, there are other victims. What the health department is doing is their own investigation We are working in tandem with them, obviously. We reported it to them," Matviak said.

She said the department is still being contacted by potential victims and witnesses.

The Florida Department of Health said Dalton had no previous complaints or discilplines. 

Dalton turned himself in Wednesday to the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Sanford, police said. He was released on bond Thursday morning.

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