Massachusetts Dentist Acquitted of Inappropriately Touching Patient

A Worcester dentist has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a female patient while performing a dental procedure last year.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that a jury deliberated for about 45 minutes Tuesday before finding Nikhilkumar Patel, of Shrewsbury, not guilty of a single count of indecent assault and battery.

The 36-year-old woman testified that the 55-year-old Patel had touched her breast while performing a procedure at his office in August.

Patel's lawyer said the patient had intended to sue the dentist and misinterpreted "some inadvertent touching." The attorney said there had been a "rush to judgment" by investigators.

Patel still faces charges of inappropriately touching two other women patients.

His license to practice dentistry remains active.

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