The case of a Lancaster County doctor accused of indecent assault of a patient has been taken on by the state's top prosecution office.
The Lancaster County district attorney's office referred the case of William R. Vollmar to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, which accepted it, according to attorney general spokesman Joe Grace.
Vollmar, 55, was charged April 10 with touching a patient's genitals during a massage for a sports-related injury on March 23 at Diamantoni & Associates LLP, 203 Commerce Drive, Quarryville, according to state police.
Grace declined to comment on why Lancaster County referred the case. The district attorney's office did not immediately respond to a question about the referral Thursday.
"We would urge any member of the public who has information about this matter to contact the Lancaster barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police at 717-299-7650," he said.
County-wide medical work
Vollmar has an extensive history practicing medicine in Lancaster County, newspaper records show.
District officials at Lampeter-Strasburg, Conestoga Valley and Pequea Valley school districts have said he is no longer working as their school physican. He also resigned from Middletown Area School District in Dauphin County.
Vollmar is a a former medical staff member of Lancaster Regional Medical Center, later called UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster, which closed March 1, according to UPMC Pinnacle spokeswoman Kelly McCall.
Newspaper records from the 1990s describe Vollmar as director of sports medicine for Lancaster General Hospital.
Hospital spokeswoman Mary Ann Eckward said Vollmar was previously affiliated with LG Health as a member of the Medical & Dental Staff, meaning he was an independent physician with hospital admitting privileges. She declined to say when his role as a member ended.
The day before the charge was filed Vollmar retired from Diamantoni & Associates, the private practice of county coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health suspended his medical license temporarily on Monday.
Vollmar is being represented by attorney Michael Winters, according to court records. Winters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Daniel J. Dye has been assigned as the prosecutor on Vollmar's case, Grace said. Dye, a former assistant district attorney in Lancaster County, recently led the five-year investigation into child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.
On Monday the Lancaster County district attorney's office issued a news release asking anyone with information that police should know to come forward.
Office spokesman Brett Hambright said Wednesday they had received "additional information and had contact with multiple individuals," since the filing of the charge and the request for more information.
"(Vollmar's) work would have brought him in contact with many people, including juveniles, so we want to make sure we have as much information as possible. He is presumed innocent," Hambright said.
The charge filed against Vollmar is a misdemeanor. He was sent a summons, but is not incarcerated, according to court documents.