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Lancaster County doctor tied to schools is charged in 4 new sexual assault cases; AG sets up hotline

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Wednesday announced four more accusations of sexual assault by a longtime Lancaster County doctor.

The four alleged male victims were getting sports-related treatment from Dr. William Vollmar when they were assaulted, Shapiro said in a news conference at his Harrisburg office.

In each of the cases, Vollmar allegedly touched the males' genitals. In three of the cases, he invited the males to his West Lampeter Township home for treatment, according to charging documents filed by Pennsylvania State Police. 

The attorney general’s office opened a hotline for other possible victims to call at 1-800-332-6039.

"The voices of survivors are the most powerful tool to take down these predators," Shapiro said.

Shapiro News Conference

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces additional charges regarding four victims in sexual assault investigation of Lancaster County doctor William Vollmar during a news conference in Harrisburg Pa. Wednesday May 1, 2019. To the left of Shapiro is Dan Dye Assignment Chief Deputy Attorney General and Jen Selber Executive Deputy Attorney General is on the right.

Vollmar worked with Diamantoni & Associates from July 1992 until April. He also worked in several school districts and with the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association for 19 years.

"Dr. Vollmar's position of authority and public trust gave him widespread access to minors here in Pennsylvania," Shapiro said. "These four victims have newly reported that he manipulated that trust to abuse them."

Shapiro said the investigation is ongoing.

"I can tell you that the hotline has been ringing," he said.

Four new alleged victims

On Wednesday, court documents filed with District Judge Denise Commins showed Vollmar was charged with inappropriately touching a male student on two occasions earlier this year at Conestoga Valley High School.

Also on Wednesday, state police filed a criminal complaint against Vollmar regarding three other male victims with District Judge Stuart Mylin. 

Two of the males were allegedly assaulted while receiving sports massages at Vollmar's West Lampeter Township home. The third became a patient of Vollmar's while a student at Conestoga Valley High School in the early 1990s and continued to be a patient through summer 2017, according to charging documents.

Vollmar turned himself in Wednesday, Shapiro said. Vollmar was arraigned before Commins on both cases — five felonies and four misdemeanor charges — and was released after posting $250,000 bail, according to his dockets.

The investigation started with state police charging Vollmar on April 10 with indecent assault. He allegedly touched a male patient's genitals during a massage for a sports injury March 23 at Diamantoni & Associates LLP, 203 Commerce Drive, Quarryville.

The attorney general's office took on the case April 18 as the number of victims grew, Shapiro said. Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Daniel J. Dye has been assigned as the prosecutor on Vollmar's case. Dye led the five-year investigation into child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

Conestoga Valley statement

Vollmar worked for Conestoga Valley School District as the school physician since 2014, according to the district. He worked as the team doctor for more than 20 years before that. He was terminated April 10 after the news of the incident at the Quarryville clinic, according to the district.

Conestoga Valley Superintendent Dave Zuilkoski said in statement Wednesday said that the district is cooperating with state police and the Lancaster County district attorney’s office.

Zuilkoski said the district is "unaware of any other alleged wrongdoing," but urged students past or present to contact police.

“Additionally, we are also taking steps to help students who are experiencing strong emotions at this time, so counselors are available to talk to students if necessary. Also, if you have concerns about your child, please call the guidance office at 717-397-5231 ext. 1030 to speak with one of the counselors,” he said.

Vollmar had contracts with several other school districts: Lampeter-Strasburg, Pequea Valley, Lancaster Country Day School, Solanco, Octorara Area and Middletown School District in Dauphin County. He also had a contract with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. 

Pending lawsuit

Last week an anonymous man filed a lawsuit against Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, who owns Diamantoni & Associates, and Lancaster General Health, alleging that the medical practices were negligent in employing Vollmar. Diamantoni is also the Lancaster County coroner.

The suit, filed in Lancaster County Court, alleges that Vollmar "groomed" the man when he was a student at Conestoga Valley High School in the 1990s and "inappropriate touching" continued through 2017 while he was a patient through Diamantoni & Associates. His attorney said the man reported his experiences to police.

Shapiro said he could not comment when asked at the news conference if investigators were looking into possible negligence by places where Vollmar worked.

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