GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A Hall County doctor is facing charges after new allegations of sexual battery during patient visits.
Despite the new allegations, Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr has learned that Dr. Robert Philip Marler is still working, serving in an administrative role for the Longstreet Clinic group since an initial allegation surfaced a couple of years ago.
While investigators say there's evidence of a pattern of abuse, his attorney said there's absolutely nothing to the charges.
“This really came out of left field. He's highly respected in is field. This is really frustrating for us," attorney Bob Rubin said.
Rubin said it more than a year ago, and he declared his client's innocence again on Wednesday.
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"The complaints that I see based on the accusations all seem to be pertaining to the way he conducted a perfectly legitimate pre-employment examination," Rubin said.
Marler, a Hall County physician, is facing charges of sexual battery and assault.
They stem from an 18-month investigation being conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into his work as a doctor with the county's health clinic in 2016 and one complaint comes from two years earlier
As the case unfolds, Carr has learned that Marler is working in an administrative role for the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville.
Paperwork filed in state court earlier this month, indicates seven accusers now coming forward with graphic explanations of how Marler abruptly and inappropriately touched them during exams.
Rubin believes some of the accusations may have been coerced during investigators' questioning.
"’Oh yeah, he touched by breast when he was doing a heart examination and pushed my breast aside.’ That may have actually happened, but would be a legitimate examination,” Rubin said.
In a statement to Channel 2 Action News, the Longstreet Clinic said it “has no record of any complaint or accusation of this nature from a patient with regard to Dr. Marler from June 2014, and we are not aware of any details of the accusation being made.”
“He's still working hard and doing good work and they love him,” Rubin said.
Marler is still awaiting a grand jury indictment. The state said they plan to present evidence in upcoming, pretrial hearings.
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