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Harrisburg, PA – Court records have been shared revealing shocking details of a medical assistant’s history of inappropriate sexual conduct with patients in medical settings. Eric Tartar Jr., formerly employed as a medical assistant at Penn State Health Medical Group – Colonial Park, located at 4230 Crums Mill Rd # 100, Harrisburg, PA 17112, was arrested on November 30, 2023, and charged with multiple offenses after being accused by a patient of posing as a doctor while sexually assaulting him.

Alarming Allegations Against a Medical Assistant at Penn State Health

The disturbing revelations came to light when the mother of an 18-year-old patient at Penn State Health reported that her son had been sexually assaulted twice by the same person. According to documents, the incidents took place in October 2023, prompting an immediate investigation.

Medical Assistant Reported for Sexual Misconduct During Exam

Following the report, an investigator from the Lower Paxton Police Department met with the practice site manager at the Penn State Health facility. The manager confirmed that the accused individual, identified as Eric Tarter, was no longer employed at the facility. Tarter had been working as a medical assistant but was fired in late August 2023 for acting beyond the scope of his practice.

Details of the Alleged Sexual Assault on a Patient

Further investigations revealed the harrowing experiences of the victim. The 18-year-old patient sought medical care at Penn State Health Medical Group after turning 18 in November 2022. In March 2023, during a visit to establish care, the patient encountered a Certified Routine Nurse Practitioner.

In April 2023, when the victim returned for another appointment, he was met by Eric Tarter, who identified himself as Dr. Tarter, despite being a medical assistant. Throughout the visit, Tarter asked the patient inappropriate sexual questions and proceeded to touch the victim’s genitals under the pretense of collecting a sperm sample for an STD screening.

During subsequent visits, Tarter continued to refer to himself as a doctor and assaulted the victim. The victim reported experiencing pain and bleeding from his genitals after Tarter inserted a long swab into his genitals during an examination.

Tarter Fired for Gross Misconduct and Practicing Outside the Scope of His Job

Tarter’s employment was terminated on August 31, 2023, due to gross misconduct and practicing outside the scope of his job, according to a criminal complaint. It was later confirmed that Tarter is neither a licensed physician, surgeon, nor physician assistant and does not hold any license issued by the State Board of Medicine.

Tarter Facing Additional Charges As UPMC Patient Comes Forward

The investigation took a wider scope as other incidents involving Tarter came to light. Upper Allen Police confirmed that they had filed charges against Tarter as well, following a report from UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). Tarter, employed as a medical assistant at UPMC, allegedly sexually assaulted a patient during a 6-month check-up.

In this case, Tarter presented himself as a different doctor and assaulted the patient after requesting an additional sample. The criminal complaint stated that Tarter assaulted the patient. He was subsequently charged with Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse and sexual assault by the Upper Allen Police on September 26, 2023.

Penn State Health’s Cooperation Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Penn State Health is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigations. The organization is deeply concerned about the allegations and is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its patients.

Multiple Charges Filed Against Penn State Health Medical Employee

Eric Tarter faces multiple charges, including Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, two counts of Indecent Assault, Unlawful Restraint, Unauthorized Use of a Computer, and Impersonating a Holder of a Professional or Occupational License.

As the investigation continues, authorities are urging any other potential victims or individuals with relevant information to come forward and assist in the case.

Conversation with Sexual Abuse Lawyer on Seeking Justice for Medical Abuse Victims

Following the shocking revelations regarding the former medical assistant’s arrest for inappropriate sexual conduct with patients, with spoke with Brian Kent, a Pennsylvania-based sexual abuse lawyer, to explain the legal options available to victims abused by a medical professional.

Laurence Banville, Esq. (LB): Thank you for joining us today, Mr. Kent. Given your experience handling cases of medical professional abuse, could you explain what options are available to victims seeking justice through civil litigation?

Brian Kent, Esq. (BK): Thank you for having me, Mr. Banville. Victims of medical professional abuse have legal recourse through civil lawsuits to hold the responsible parties accountable. In cases like these, victims may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit against not only the perpetrator but also the medical facility or institution that employed them. By doing so, they can seek compensation for the physical, emotional, and psychological damages they have endured.

LB: That’s an important point, Mr. Kent. Could you elaborate on the potential liability of the medical facility or institution in such cases?

BK: Certainly, Mr. Banville. In cases of medical professional abuse, the medical facility or institution may be held liable under various legal theories, such as negligent hiring, supervision, or retention. If it can be demonstrated that the facility failed to conduct adequate background checks, ignored red flags, or failed to respond appropriately to reports of misconduct, they may be deemed responsible for the harm caused to the victims. This is an essential avenue for victims to seek justice and hold institutions accountable for their actions or inaction.

LB: How can victims initiate the process of filing a civil lawsuit, and what should they consider when choosing legal representation?

BK: Victims should consult with an experienced sexual abuse attorney who specializes in medical professional abuse cases. The attorney will guide them through the legal process, ensuring their rights are protected. It’s crucial to choose a lawyer who not only has expertise in this area but also has a track record of successfully handling similar cases. Victims should feel comfortable and supported throughout the entire legal journey.

LB: Are there any particular challenges victims may face when pursuing a civil case against medical professionals or institutions?

BK: Absolutely, Mr. Banville. Victims often face challenges such as the emotional toll of reliving the traumatic experiences during the legal process, potential intimidation from the defendants, and the complexities of navigating the legal system. However, with the guidance of a skilled attorney, victims can overcome these challenges and seek the justice they deserve.

LB: Thank you for sharing this helpful information.

BK: Of course, victims and their families should be aware that they are not alone on this journey to healing.

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If you or a loved one have been a victim of medical professional abuse, we understand the pain and trauma you have endured. Seeking justice is your right, and we are here to help. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation with our experienced team. Together, we will navigate the legal process, hold the responsible parties accountable, and strive to secure the compensation you deserve. You don’t have to face this alone. Reach out to us now and take the first step towards reclaiming your power and finding closure.

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