• Criminal charges dropped against Lake Mary doctor accused of inappropriately touching patients

    By: Janine Reyes


    LAKE MARY, Fla. - A Lake Mary doctor who was accused of inappropriately touching multiple patients is no longer facing criminal charges.


    Dr. William Dalton, 87, was arrested in July on sexual battery charges.


    Dalton has since been diagnosed with dementia.


    Prosecutors had only filed information in one case, but Lake Mary police provided five more victims, but none of them will have their day in court because of the dementia diagnosis.



    Dalton’s office is now closed after a voluntary relinquishment of his license.

    Five months ago, Channel 9 anchor Len Kiese and confronted Dalton on the accusations.


    “I may have touched her breast,” Dalton said, but added that it was work related. “I touch breasts only because there’s something that needs to be examined.”


    Watch: Reporter Len Kiese asks Dalton about the allegations



    In the voluntary license relinquishment, signed by Dalton in November, he agreed not to do any more examinations.


    But this agreement only covers his license.


    Criminal charges he faced in one case had to be dropped this month, and the others will not be filed. 


    The State Attorney’s Office said Dalton has been "Formally diagnosed with dementia" and they are "Ethically and legally obligated not to pursue prosecution."


    Prosecutors are frustrated by this decision to drop charges but said his agreement to give up practicing does address, "Concerns of his victims, our law enforcement partners and the future safety of the community.”


    Attorneys of the Morgan and Morgan law firm have five clients that plan to file civil suits against the doctor.


    They said the dementia diagnosis will not impact civil suits against the doctor.


    Attorneys at the office said at least 10 women have called their office with complaints against the doctor.

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