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Published: August 01, 2008 03:59 am ShareThisPrintThis
Former doctor indicted on sex assault charges
By Victor Tine
Staff writer

NEWBURY - A former physician who lost his license five years ago after allegedly fondling three young female patients has been indicted on similar charges involving two different girls.
David P. Ingalls, 63, of 47 High Road, was charged with six counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 by an Essex County grand jury on Wednesday.
The indictments allege one girl was assaulted once at Ingalls' home and the other on several occasions at both his home and his former medical office in Newburyport.
Ingalls is charged with improperly touching the girls' breasts and genitals. The alleged victim of multiple attacks, who now lives in Florida, was 5 when the first incident occurred in 1991, according to a Newbury police report. The indictments indicate the attacks continued through May 1997.
The other victim appears to have been 11. She was allegedly touched inappropriately over Memorial Day weekend in 1997, according to the report.
A telephone message left at Ingalls' home was not immediately returned. His attorney, Eve Slattery of the Boston firm of Dwyer & Collora, could not be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for the law firm said Slattery had not seen the indictments as of late yesterday afternoon and would release a statement after she had reviewed them.
A spokesman for the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Steve O'Connell, said each count carries a maximum penalty of either 21/2 years in a house of correction or up to 10 years in state prison.
The indictments come after an investigation by Newbury Detective Aaron Wojtkowski that began last December when he was contacted by the victim of the multiple attacks. Police did not provide specific information about the victim but said it is not unusual for victims in child sexual assault cases to report incidents that happened many years earlier.
Ingalls was notified that he was the target of an investigation in February and was initially arraigned in Newburyport District Court on May 27. He appeared in court voluntarily and was freed on $5,000 cash bail.
Ingalls was a physician with an office on High Street in Newburyport for many years. His practice had as many as 7,000 patients until the Board of Registration in Medicine revoked his license in 2003.
Since 1985, five women had claimed that Ingalls sexually assaulted them during examinations. The Division of Administrative Law Appeals accepted the testimony of three of those witnesses, and in June 2003, after seven months of hearings, made a recommendation to the Board of Registration in Medicine. The board revoked Ingalls' license to practice medicine on Nov. 19 of that year, based on the recommendation.
No criminal charges were brought against Ingalls, the sole doctor at his private High Street practice, at the time.
Ingalls appealed his license revocation to the state Supreme Judicial Court, but in November 2005, the court ruled against him.
The court's ruling found "substantial evidence" against Ingalls, enough for the Board of Registration to take away his license to practice medicine.
The court also found that the girls' stories were remarkably similar, making them more credible than testimony from Ingalls, which was punctuated by memory lapses. The victims described being touched inappropriately by the doctor, saying he fondled their breasts. One girl was 13 at the time; the others were 15 years old.
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