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TEMECULA, CA – A 70-year-old physician’s assistant has been arrested in Temecula on charges of felony sexual battery involving a patient at Innovative Pain Treatment Solutions Clinic located at 27412 Enterprise Cir W #102, Temecula, CA 92590. According to jail records, Harold Thomas Frank of Escondido was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon, December 6, 2023, and he was released the following day on a $50,000 bond.

Patient Accuses Physician Assistant of Sexual Assault After Exam

The arrest came after the Southwest Sheriff’s Station Investigations Bureau received a report in November 2023 regarding a sexual battery incident at a healthcare facility located in the 27000 block of Enterprise Circle in Temecula. According to Sgt. Joe Narciso, the allegations involved Frank, a licensed physician’s assistant, victimizing a patient during medical visits in the examination room.

Search Warrant Executed at CA Medical Clinic Following Sexual Battery Charges

Following the report, investigators promptly obtained a search warrant for the healthcare facility in question, which has now been identified as the Innovative Pain Treatment Solutions Clinic. It was at this location that Frank was apprehended by law enforcement authorities.

Authorities Believe There May Be Additional Victims

While the investigation is ongoing, Sgt. Narciso expressed concerns that there may be other victims who have been subjected to similar misconduct by Harold Frank. As a result, law enforcement is urging any potential victims to come forward and share their experiences with Investigator Dawn Gouvion, who can be reached at 951-696-3000.

Patients Encouraged to Speak Out if Sexually Assaulted By Physician Assistant

In light of these distressing events, it is imperative that anyone who believes they may have been victimized by Harold Frank during a medical examination step forward and contact Investigator Dawn Gouvion. The authorities are committed to thoroughly investigating these allegations and ensuring that justice is served.

As this is an ongoing investigation, further details are currently unavailable. The community is urged to remain vigilant and report any relevant information to the Southwest Sheriff’s Station.

Understanding Your Legal Rights if a Physician Assistant Sexually Assaulted You During an Exam

In the wake of a shocking incident involving the arrest of a physician’s assistant on charges of sexual battery, victims may wonder about the legal options available to seek justice and compensation. In this interview, attorney Laurence Banville sat down with California sexual abuse lawyer Bobby Thompson, Esq. Together, they reveal the civil litigation process, discussing the steps victims can take and shedding light on the potential avenues for holding liable parties accountable. Gain invaluable insights regarding the legal recourse available to victims and their families in seeking redress and healing.

Laurence Banville (LB): Thank you for joining us today, Bobby. As a seasoned sexual abuse lawyer, could you provide some insight into what options sex abuse victims and their families have when it comes to pursuing a civil case against liable parties, specifically in cases involving patients sexually abused by a physician’s assistant?

Bobby Thompson, Esq. (BT): Certainly, Laurence. First and foremost, it’s essential for victims and their families to understand that they have legal recourse in cases of sexual abuse, including instances where a physician’s assistant is involved. Civil litigation can provide a means for seeking justice and compensation for the physical, emotional, and psychological harm inflicted upon the victim.

LB: That’s crucial information. Could you outline the general steps that victims and their families may need to take when pursuing a civil case?

BT: Certainly. The first step is to consult with an experienced sexual abuse attorney who specializes in handling these types of cases. They will guide victims and their families through the legal process and provide support every step of the way. After gathering all the necessary information and evidence, the attorney will help file a civil lawsuit against the liable parties, which may include the physician’s assistant, the healthcare facility, and potentially other entities depending on the circumstances.

LB: What types of damages can victims and their families pursue in these civil cases?

BT: In civil cases involving sexual abuse, victims can seek various types of damages. This includes compensation for medical expenses, therapy costs, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and potentially punitive damages in cases of egregious misconduct. It’s important to note that each case is unique, and the damages sought will depend on the specific circumstances and individual harm suffered by the victim.

LB: Are there any time limitations or deadlines that victims and their families should be aware of when considering a civil case?

BT: Absolutely. Time limitations, known as statutes of limitations, vary from state to state. In California, there are specific time frames within which victims must file a civil lawsuit. Generally, it’s crucial to act promptly and consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure compliance with these deadlines. Missing the deadline could result in the forfeiture of the right to seek legal recourse.

LB: Thank you, Bobby, for sharing your valuable insights on this important matter. Victims and their families will undoubtedly find this information helpful in understanding their options and taking the necessary steps toward justice and healing.

BT: It was my pleasure, Laurence. Raising awareness about the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse is crucial. I hope this conversation helps empower those affected to seek the justice they deserve.

Learn More About Your Legal Rights With a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one have been a victim of sexual abuse, it is crucial to remember that you are not alone. Seeking justice and healing is within your reach. Our experienced legal team is dedicated to supporting survivors and their families through their journey towards accountability and compensation. We offer compassionate guidance and provide a safe space to share your story. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation, where we can assess your case and discuss the best course of action. Remember, you have the power to take a stand and reclaim your rights.

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