Niagara Falls police charge doctor with criminal sexual act involving patient

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A medical doctor has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual act.

Niagara Falls police announced the arrest of Dr. Robert Bull, Jr. on Friday morning.

Police say the charge stems from an incident that happened on Wednesday. According to them, Bull engaged in oral sexual conduct with a 17-year-old patient during a medical appointment.

“It basically started just as any other or most criminal cases or calls to the police,” said Niagara Falls Detective Lieutenant John Conti. “The victim made contact with the police department. We responded. Once the detectives got involved, it evolved form there.”

Police say this occurred at an after-hours medical clinic through the Colisano Center for Community Health in Niagara Falls.

A spokesman for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center released a statement on Bull:

Dr. Bull has been suspended without pay by the medical center. We’re cooperating with law enforcement on the investigation as appropriate. The medical center will be treating this as a personnel matter, and will not have any further comment.

The Lewiston man was arraigned on Friday and his bail was set at $5,000.

The New York State Department of Health acknowledged it is looking into the matter.

After first learning of these criminal allegations, the Office of Professional Medical Conduct immediately began reviewing all options which under law include preventing a physician from practicing medicine pending the outcome of a full investigation,” said Jonah Bruno, a Department of Health spokesperson. “Our number one priority is the safety of patients and we are doing everything in our power to ensure this physician does not pose a risk to patients.”

Anyone with information on this is asked to call the police department’s detective bureau at (716) 286-4553.

City officials gave an update on the arrest of Dr. Bull. Watch the full press conference below: 

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