A hearing for a Lewiston physician accused of sexually assaulting a patient was adjourned on Tuesday to allow attorneys to continue preliminary discussions on the case.
The physician, Dr. Robert Bull Jr., has retained prominent Buffalo-based defense attorney Paul Cambria to represent him. Cambria and Niagara County prosecutors agreed to adjourn their proceedings until early June.
Bull, 63, has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual act.
Investigators say the sexual assault occurred at the Golisano Center for Community Health, a division of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. While working as a doctor at the center, Bull is accused of engaging in "oral sexual conduct with a patient during a medical appointment."
Falls Police Criminal Investigation Division Detective Lt. John Conti said the assault occurred during a "treatment session with the victim" on March 27. Police have declined to release any information about the victim.
"The victim went to see Dr. Bull for his services and then, in the course of that contact, that's where the incident occurred," Conti said.
Patrick Bradley, director of communications and emergency management at the Falls medical center, said Bull was suspended without pay.
"We will be treating this as a personnel matter and will have no further comment," Bradley said in a prepared statement released at the time of Bull's arrest.
Bull is free on $5,000 bail.