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A Lancaster County doctor charged with sexual assault worked with 8 schools. Here's what we know about his role at each one

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William Vollmar

William Vollmar

Longtime Lancaster County physician Dr. William Vollmar is facing numerous sexual assault accusations after he, as state Attorney General Josh Shapiro has said, used his “position of authority and public trust” to gain access to minors in schools, doctor’s offices and in his own home.

Following are schools where Vollmar worked and for how long, what his duties were, how districts handled and communicated his separation and, in a few cases, his salary.

The information was gathered from interviews with school personnel, school board materials and documents obtained through Right to Know requests sent Thursday to the schools listed below, two of which responded by Friday afternoon.


Conestoga Valley

Vollmar worked for Conestoga Valley as a school physician since 2014-15, and served as the team doctor for more than 20 years, Superintendent Dave Zuilkoski said in an April 16 letter addressed to CV families.

Vollmar resigned April 10.

Five days later, the school board approved a contract with the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Physicians Sports Medicine to take over Vollmar’s position for the rest of the school year.

Vollmar’s duties included providing physicals for students with financial hardships, providing pre-participation exams for student athletes, periodically performing evaluations during training room hours and treating students with “problematic situations,” including concussions, sudden cardiac and skin conditions, Zuilkoski said.

Charging documents from the Pennsylvania State Police state a 17-year-old earlier this year was sexually assaulted while receiving a massage from Vollmar in the Conestoga Valley High School athletic trainer’s room on a Sunday afternoon.

A similar incident occurred about two months later at the school, according to the document.

Asked why Vollmar was alone with the 17-year-old and why it happened on a weekend, spokeswoman Kendal Gapinski said the district could not comment because the case is under criminal investigation.


Lampeter-Strasburg

Vollmar worked as a school physician for Lampeter-Strasburg at least eight years, district spokeswoman Anne Harnish told LNP.

Superintendent Kevin Peart said Vollmar resigned "immediately" after he was initially charged with indecent assault April 10.


Lancaster Country Day School

School spokeswoman Dulcey Antonucci told LNP Vollmar served as a sports medicine physician since 2010. While he provided advice and consent to the school nurse and athletic trainer, Vollmar did not see students as patients in the school, she said.


Middletown Area

Vollmar was the school physician at Middletown Area School District, Dauphin County, physician from 2013-14 to April, when the allegations against him came out, Superintendent Lori Suski told LNP.

Among Vollmar’s responsibilities, Suski said, were performing medical examinations for students in kindergarten, sixth grade and 11th grade if they were not already examined by a pediatrician or family physician and consulting with school nurses during emergency situations.

It is “highly unlikely” that Vollmar would have been alone with a student, because the school nurse typically was nearby, Suski said.


Octorara Area

Superintendent Michele Orner said she’s not sure how long Vollmar worked for Octorara Area. When the district learned of Vollmar’s charges via a Facebook post, it “immediately suspended” his services, she said.

At its April 15 meeting, the school board terminated Vollmar’s contract and hired Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Physicians to provide medical services through June 30. This was shared with families in an email blast, Orner said.

Orner said that Vollmar could not have been alone with a student because he was not on campus during the 2018-19 school year. Vollmar’s assistants, she said, provided the physicals.

Octorara Area paid Vollmar $5,300 for the 2018-19 school year, according to his most recent employment contract, obtained by LNP through a Right to Know request.


Pequea Valley

Vollmar began working as a school physician for Pequea Valley in 2007, according to Superintendent Erik Orndorff.

He resigned April 11, Orndorff said. That same night, the Pequea Valley school board appointed Lancaster Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Physicians to replace Vollmar. The move was announced on the district’s website, Orndorff said.

Pequea Valley paid Vollmar $5,300 for the 2018-19 school year, his employment contract, also obtained through a Right to Know request, states.

The contract also outlines duties similar to that of other districts, including providing school physicals and preparticipation exams, treating concussions and reviewing skin forms for wrestlers.


Solanco

Solanco discontinued Vollmar’s medical services, which he provided to the district since 2010, following his arrest, Superintendent Brian Bliss said in a May 2 letter to parents.

Vollmar, Bliss said, performed winter and summer sports physicals and provided on-call physician services for football games and wrestling tournaments.


Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Vollmar provided medical services to Thaddeus Stevens students since 2013, college spokeswoman Ann Valuch told LNP. The college terminated Vollmar’s services “as soon as the allegations came to light,” she said.

While no on-campus services were provided this school year, Valuch said Vollmar occasionally saw students at his office in Quarryville. In and around 2016, she said, Vollmar at times saw students in the nurse’s office on campus for medical exams.