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College Doctor Arrested for Sex Crimes

Former Antioch College physician Dr. Donald Gronbeck was arrested on October 28, 2022 for sexually assaulting at least 15 patients at Antioch College between 2017 and 2020.  He has been indicted on 50 counts of sexual misconduct involving 15 female patients over the course of nine years.

“The indictment is a result of a year-long investigation that included the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Medical Board,” Hayes told The NY Post Wednesday.

Gronbeck served as the school's physician from 2015 until 2019. 

The Ohio state medical board suspended Gronbeck’s license in February for sexually assaulting eight of his patients between 2013 and 2022 and engaging in a sexual relationship with one of them while still treating her.

Gronbeck also allegedly wrote a prescription for the cognition-enhancing medication Rivastigmine and gave it to one of his patients, who was also an employee, and told her to pass them out to her coworkers.

A Greene County Grand Jury returned a true bill indicting Donald Alexander Gronbeck on nine counts of rape, 10 counts of sexual battery, 15 counts of gross sexual imposition, and 16 counts of sexual imposition, court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to a report from Dayton NBC affiliate WDTN, the investigation into Gronbeck’s alleged criminal behavior began after several patients and employees filed a report about possible misconduct with the sheriff’s office over a year ago. The victims had reportedly all been Gronbeck’s patients and sought treatment from him at his now-closed private practice office in Yellow Springs or his office at Antioch College.

Accusations of sexual misconduct that took place between 2013 and 2022 reportedly resulted in Gronbeck’s medical license being revoked in January 2022 by the State Medical Board of Ohio. A copy of the filing said women reported Gronbeck digitally penetrating them “vaginally and/or anally” and groping their breasts. He was also accused of “engag[ing] in a romantic relationship (sexual)” with a patient.

The abuse of trust involved in these types of criminal sexual assaults have civil consequences as well.  Doctors, therapists, and employers may be held civilly liable for their misbehavior.  I have represented a number of courageous survivors of sexual abuse and assault and am available to speak with anyone who has suffered similar treatment from a person who has violated the public trust. 

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