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'Deeply troubling': Schools grapple with investigation into Lancaster County doctor accused of sexual assault

In August 1995, Dr. William R. Vollmar presented at a “Focus on Youth” program at Lancaster General Hospital.

He talked to a group of anxious-looking fathers and restless boys.

The topic? Male development during adolescence, the first such program by LGH for boys, according to newspaper records.

He “wisely chose the familiar turf of a sports theme in discussing the physiological and emotional changes boys experience,” an article says.

For years Vollmar was regarded as an expert on family health and sports medicine.

He directed a sports clinic at the county’s biggest hospital, worked in schools and held a role in the state’s athletic association.

When Vollmar was first charged with inappropriately touching a patient’s genitals in early April, schools promptly made sure he was off their payroll.

But then cases of four more alleged victims were announced this week. One alleged assault happened in a high school. And the continued call for anyone with information to come forward forces those connected with Vollmar in some way to grapple with the severity of the accusations.

Here’s what we know about Vollmar’s work history in Lancaster County and how schools are responding.

Sports specialty

Vollmar graduated from Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency in June 1992, directed a sports medicine clinic through LG Health, and worked for Diamantoni & Associates, the practice of Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen G. Diamantoni.

His specialty was sports.

He became a member of the PIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee around 2000.

He worked in several school districts, with services ranging from physicals to specialized, sports treatment.

Vollmar’s medical license remains temporarily suspended by the Pennsylvania the Department of State.

The males who have accused him of assault were not first-time patients, according to charging documents. He had worked with them before at a school, at his Quarryville office and at his home.

In one case, the alleged victim told police he was Vollmar’s patient while at Conestoga Valley High School in the 1990s and through 2017, when he saw Vollmar at his Quarryville practice.

'Deeply troubling'

In a letter posted to its website and sent to parents, Solanco School District Superintendent Brian Bliss said the district is unaware of any alleged improper conduct by Vollmar.

“As an educator and a parent of a school-aged child, the allegations concerning Dr. Vollmar’s abuse of trust placed in him by a student is deeply troubling,” Bliss said.

“If that happened here in Solanco, we want it reported ... ,” he said.

State investigators have set up a hotline at 1-800-332-6039.

Officials from Pequea Valley School District met with state police to share their experiences with Vollmar, according to Mark Grossmann, athletic director.

Asked if he had any concerns about Vollmar, Grossmann said, “Absolutely not.”

“I really am absolutely caught very much off guard. (There was) not even a slight indication that there was anything,” Grossmann said.

Grossmann said Vollmar only worked with athletes during annual sports physicals.

Dick Balderston, director of the Lancaster-Lebanon League, had a similar reaction.

“We have not had any concerns with Dr. Vollmar,” he said. Vollmar was on-site doctor during L-L league wrestling tournaments “for years,” he said.

Messages left Friday for athletic directors at Conestoga Valley, Lampeter-Strasburg and Octorara were not returned by Friday evening.

Athletic directors at Solanco and Lancaster Country Day referred to their schools’ spokespeople for comment.