Lancaster Doctor Pleads To Sexual Assault, Will Serve 9-20 Years In Prison

November 12, 2020 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG—Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that William Vollmar, a former Lancaster County sports medicine doctor, has pleaded to Sexual Assault, Institutional Sexual Assault, and Indecent Assault for sexually assaulting six former patients.

“Over the course of our investigation, brave survivors came forward to report disturbing sexual assaults by the defendant in both high school facilities and in Vollmar’s home,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “Vollmar will go to prison and spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender, but for many survivors, reporting acts of abuse is incredibly difficult. My Office will continue to stand up for survivors of sexual assault and hold perpetrators accountable.”

Dr. Vollmar was employed as a practicing physician at Diamantoni and Associates Family Practice in Lancaster County from July 1992 until April 2019. He specialized in sports medicine and had contracts with several Pennsylvania school districts, and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. He also served as medical support staff for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association for district and state athletic competitions, and was a member of the PIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

The victims reported that during medical appointments at Vollmar’s practice, his private residence, and at school facilities, he would inappropriately touch their genitals without consent.  Vollmar would often require patients to submit to an examination or “sports massage” during which he would sexually assault the patient.  Vollmar’s victims included boys under the age of 18 as well as young adults.  In one instance, Vollmar began performing oral sex on a patient as the patient laid on the examination table.

Vollmar was sentenced to a period of 9 ½ to 20 years in a state correctional institution.  As part of the plea, Vollmar is required to register as a sex offender for his lifetime and surrender his license to practice medicine.  Vollmar’s plea was accepted by the Honorable Dennis E. Reinaker, who imposed the sentence following the plea. Pennsylvania law recognizes no difference between a plea of “guilty” and “no contest” for purposes of conviction and sentencing.

The case was prosecuted in Lancaster County by Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye.

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