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Physician who served as school doctor for MASD resigns in light of indecent assault allegations

Posted 4/12/19

Middletown Area School District has ended its relationship with a Lancaster County doctor who had been the district’s school physician since 2013-14, following Dr. William R. Vollmar being …

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Physician who served as school doctor for MASD resigns in light of indecent assault allegations

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Middletown Area School District has ended its relationship with a Lancaster County doctor who had been the district’s school physician since 2013-14, after Dr. William R. Vollmar was charged by State Police with indecent assault.

The district learned through media reports Wednesday, April 10, that Vollmar had been charged, Superintendent Lori Suski wrote in a letter dated Thursday, April 11, that was provided to district parents.

Suski told the Press & Journal that earlier Thursday she had sent Vollmar a communication telling him that the district would be discontinuing his services under terms of the current agreement between Vollmar and the district.

On Thursday evening, Suski said she received an email from Vollmar, who lives in Willow Street, Lancaster County, containing his letter of resignation.

The school board is expected to act on accepting Vollmar’s resignation during its next meeting April 16, Suski told the Press & Journal.

Vollmar, 55, a sports medicine specialist who practiced out of the Quarryville location of Stephen G. Diamantoni M.D. and Associates in Lancaster County, was arrested by State Police on Wednesday and charged with one misdemeanor count of indecent assault/without consent of another, according to online court records.

Law enforcement officials are seeking information about Vollmar. Anyone who believes they have information regarding him that law enforcement should be aware of is asked to contact their local police department or submit information via the Lancaster County district attorney’s CrimeWatch page.

According to the affidavit of probable cause State Police filed with District Judge Stuart J. Mylin, the incident occurred in a sports clinic room at the Quarryville office during an after hours appointment Vollmar had with a male patient at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24.

The patient requested the appointment with Vollmar for treatment of an ankle injury.

After about eight to 10 minutes of examining the ankle, Vollmar asked the patient if he wanted to be “worked on,” which the affidavit said involves chiropractic work on a person’s back, neck, shoulders, legs and hips, and a soft tissue massage.

During the massage the victim was undressed and lying on the table with a towel covering his genital area, when Vollmar according to the affidavit asked the victim, “Do you trust me?” The victim related he did, and Vollmar began touching the victim’s genitals. The victim stopped Vollmar and told police he had not consented to Vollmar touching his penis.

During an interview with police, Vollmar according to the affidavit referred to the incident as “a huge misunderstanding, mostly on my part.” He told police that the patient had not given him permission to touch his penis.

Vollmar is scheduled for a May 15 preliminary hearing on the charge before Mylin, according to online court records.

Vollmar is no longer listed on the Diamantoni and Associates website. A woman answering the phone at the Quarryville location declined comment. Vollmar had been with Diamantoni and Associates since 1992 in family and sports medicine, according to media reports.

The school board first appointed Vollmar as school physician for the Middletown district in the 2013-14 school year, according to Suski’s letter to parents.

The district had renewed Vollmar’s agreement as school physician every year since, including on March 20, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year.

As school physician, Vollmar provided mandated medical examinations of students who had not been examined by their own pediatrician or family physician in required years, according to Suski’s letter.

Vollmar also reviewed standing orders, consulted with district school nurses in emergency situations, and reviewed specialized billing regarding special education students, Suski said.

The district had paid Vollmar $10,000 a year each year since he was first brought on board as school physician in 2013-14, district Chief Financial Officer David Franklin told the Press & Journal in an email.

The school district does not know of any other allegations involving Vollmar, Suski said in her letter.

Suski asked any parent with questions regarding the situation to contact her via email at lsuski@raiderweb.org, or by calling her at 717-948-3300, ext. 1002.

Asked what parents or students should do if they need a school physical, district spokeswoman Jody Zorbaugh reiterated that school physicals can be done by any family physician.

Also, at this time of year the only school physicals that are needed are those for new students, Zorbaugh added. These physicals can also be done by the student’s family doctor.

Website www.lancasteronline.com reported that Vollmar also had been a physician at Pequea Valley and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts as recently as 2016.