A physician working in Niagara Falls has been arraigned in city court on a charge related to the what local law enforcement describe as the sexual assault of a patient.
Niagara Falls Police Superintendent Thomas Licata and Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek released a joint statement announcing the arrest of Dr. Robert Bull, Jr., 63, of Lewiston, on Friday.
Bull was charged by Wojtaszek's office with a criminal sexual act in the third degree, a felony sexual offense, after an investigation by the Falls Police Department.
Investigators say the assault occurred at the Golisano Center for Community Health, a division of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. While in his capacity as a doctor, Bull engaged in what a statement from the authorities described as "oral sexual conduct with a patient during a medical appointment."
The investigation was led by Det. Lt. John Conti who said the offense occurred during a treatment session with the victim on March 27. Conti said police would not release any information about the victim and also declined to comment on the individual's age.
"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.
Wojtaszek praised the work of Falls police, who were contacted regarding the incident after the treatment session, according to Conti. Wojtaszek said the investigation was "prompt and thorough." Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center fully cooperated with the investigation, she said.
“When a patient seeks treatment from a medical doctor, they should do so with the full confidence and trust that they will not be subjected to sexual conduct," she said.
Patrick Bradley, director of communications and emergency management at the Falls medical center, said Bull has been suspended without pay and continues to cooperate with the investigation, as appropriate.
"We will be treating this as a personnel matter and will have no further comment," Bradley said in a prepared statement.
Bull was arraigned before Judge James Faso in Niagara Falls City Court on Friday morning. Bail was set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. An attorney appearance is scheduled for April 12.
The Gazette was unable to immediately contact Bull or identify a legal representative working on his behalf.